Chief Mentoring Officer Interviews: Do Big Breaks, Mentoring, and Hard Work Equate to Success? Part Two

Big Breaks + Mentoring + Hard Work = Success?  I am reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success and it got me thinking about interviews that I have conducted, so I decided to explore an idea. I still haven’t gotten further than a third of the book so far, but when you ask most people about Outliers, they’ll mention 10,000 hours to become an expert at a craft. But from what I have read so far, hard work doesn’t equal success, you also need opportunities and talent. I have taken five of The Invisible Mentor interviews that I have published on the blog, and extracted the responses to big breaks, mentor influence, and steps to … [Read more...]

2011 Interviews for Mentoring

These are some of the people I interviewed this year to act as your mentors. In case you missed any of the interviews, when you get the opportunity, take a moment to read them. While you are reading the interviews, think of what you have in common with the interviewees, and ask yourself, what can I learn from them that I can use in my work and life? You can also find these interviews and more on the Mentors page of the blog Mind your Qs please! She was the first female CEO of a steel company in Canada (Part I) (Part II) She left a successful search consulting business to become a human excellence coach (Part I), (Part II) The life … [Read more...]

The Invisible Mentor Week in Review

This is what we talked about on The Invisible Mentor Blog this week: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, Gertrude Bell, British Archaeologist, Explorer, Writer and Mountaineer and Steve Kayser, Head of PR, Cincom Systems. Mondays at the Salon Thor Muller, CTO and co-founder of the firm Get Satisfaction recently gave a talk, The Practice Planned Serendipity as part of the Unfinished Business series at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Before we dive into what Muller said during his talk, first let’s look at what serendipity means. Horace Walpole, English art historian and politician born in the early 18th century coined the … [Read more...]

Interview With Invisible Mentor Steve Kayser, Head of PR, Cincom Systems, Part Two

Interviewee Name: Steve Kayser Company Name: Cincom Systems Website: http://www.cincom.com/, http://expertaccess.cincom.com, http://radio.cincom.com  Avil Beckford: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Steve Kayser:  A non-PR, non marketing, non-writer type running a national PR department for Cincom Systems, a global software company. Avil Beckford: Tell me about your big break and who gave you. Steve Kayser: Just one? I have had big breaks all my life. Every day. Every month. Every year. Tom Nies gave me my latest big break. He asked me to run PR for Cincom Systems North America. When I told him I didn’t know anything … [Read more...]

Interview With Invisible Mentor Steve Kayser, Head of PR, Cincom Systems

Interviewee Name: Steve Kayser, Head of PR, Cincom Systems Company Name: Cincom Systems Website: http://www.cincom.com/, http://expertaccess.cincom.com, http://radio.cincom.com  Avil Beckford: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Steve Kayser:  A non-PR, non marketing, non-writer type running a national PR department for Cincom Systems, a global software company. Avil Beckford: What’s a typical day like for you? Steve Kayser: Without the curse words? Trying to figure out how to support a PR strategy (people relations) for multiple software and technology product lines – in the hyper-social attention deficit environment we … [Read more...]