Notes from The Art of First Impressions

Notes from The Art of First Impressions “Be the kind of person that you’d like to meet.” Anonymous Isn’t that an awesome quote? A few days ago, I attended The Art of First Impressions, hosted by NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and Ellevate Network  Toronto (I am the president of Ellevate Toronto). There were three sessions and I was able to attend two - Personal Image led by Dr. Jean Kim, Ph.D. and Personal Brand led by Carol Schulte. Jean Kim mentioned that she had seen the above quote and how much it touched her, and I thought so too, because it … [Read more...]

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak There are times when simply having fun is the best thing you can do. Some of you know that I am grieving, some days are not so great, but I have some great days. On some of my great days, I am able to produce very good work. I have been blogging for a while now, and I am always looking for ways to make The Invisible Mentor blog better. And this is a part of life, each day we are supposed to be growing into a better version of ourselves. With this is mind, I often look for ways to get into the creative space, and reading The Book With No Pictures by BJ … [Read more...]

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell Are you striving to become a better problem solver? I love detective stories, and I have mentioned here that reading these kinds of books enable you to become a better problem solver. This year I am reading globally, so I chose Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell because it is set in Ystad, Sweden. This book is ideal for learning how to problem solve because the case takes a long time to solve, which is probably more representative that in detective stories set in the West. The pace of the story is a lot slower, and the … [Read more...]

How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age

How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age You already have an over-scheduled day, and you always seem to be playing catch-up with your work, so how will you find time to make professional development a part of your day? The reality is that with the unprecedented rate of change, things will not slow down, and you will always be playing catch-up until you make adjustments in your life. Professional development is no longer something that is nice to do, it is something that you have to do so that you do not fall behind. I love learning, and professional development … [Read more...]

The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model Expanded

The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model Expanded Yesterday, I introduced The Invisible Mentor 5-Stage Model, and today in the final instalment in the series, I will expand it, to give you a clearer idea what it is about. The model is a professional development system, and for it to work for you, you have to devote the time. As some may know, last year, I embarked on an informal liberal arts education, where I took a number of courses online. Of the courses that I took, only one I paid for, and I bought it when it was 75 percent off. I spent considerable time choosing my courses, but I made a … [Read more...]