On April 9, WIB-Boston kicked off our 2019 MAPS program with an event featuring the inspirational Brenda Loan Baker. MAPS pairs mentors with mentees in small groups based on common goals that participants hope to achieve in the program. The diversity of participants provides a richness of perspectives and fosters opportunity for personal and professional growth through a structured program with regular meetings and seminars.
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An Executive Coach and Partner at innerOvation, Brenda facilitated an interactive session of breakouts for participants to connect, speak candidly and share their personal professional goals. Between each group activity, she imparted bits of wisdom to a room full of attentive ears:
Start with a Vision. Always remember how your values fit in and that often, two important values will clash, so choose to rank values carefully. Participants' top values are: integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, trust, health and respect.
Measure the Leadership Confidence "Pie" at beginning of the program and at the end to understand overall progress and how pieces have changed over time. The “pie” exercise is also invaluable to visualize what pieces require focus to achieve that greater goal; break down what we can do every day that will contribute and help to obtain the results required to achieve our goal.
Tools for a Mentee’s journey:
1. Prepare for meetings
2. Be open
3. Listen actively and ask questions
4. Review goals at the beginning of a relationship – adapt action logs over time if required
5. Take initiative and ask for feedback
6. Summarize for next time
Community is valuable to understanding that others experience the same struggles and that we can figure it out together. By continuing to ask ourselves and each other questions, we will get to the big ‘why’! When we understand why something is important and what it means to us - it will become easier to stay accountable and achieve our goals.
The audience was engaged and inquisitive. WIB Boston Chapter is so excited to hear the progress the mentees make through the MAPs program. Many thanks to Haug Partners LLP for hosting to make this event possible.
Linkedln: Brenda Loan-Baker PCC