You might not know that Howard Schultz, Starbucks’s CEO, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and several of the most successful CEOs have all partnered with a mentor to propel their careers and organizations. In fact, CEOs often have several mentors throughout their careers and simultaneously. The presenter of RedCloud’s latest internal “Lunch and Learn” has 10 mentors! Many of our teammates have expressed interest in mentoring programs so we invited Tatia Zuloaga, CEO and Co-founder of Upnotch to share the value of mentorship at our Lunch and Learn series in May.
There are a lot of myths surrounding mentorship and how people perceive the process and most people don’t realize there are actually a variety of ways to benefit as either a mentor, mentee, or even both. Taita explained the benefits of being a mentor and a mentee and that “you become a better mentor by being a mentee and you become a better mentee by being a mentor.”
A few “Mentorship Myths” we learned from Tatia:
Mentorship has commonly been known as a way to give back - but as Tatia taught us, it is equally as important to our growth. “Reverse mentorship” is a recent trend where professionals with more experience and a well-established career are seeking mentors younger than them in order to understand the new generation and the perspectives they bring to their work.
Tatia explained some key points on how the workforce has evolved today:
Larry Page (Google), Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway), Bob Iger (Disney), and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) are a few more CEOs who’ve benefited from mentorship. While partnering with a mentor used to be for the elite, mentorship is now accessible to all professionals from interns and CEOs. The value of mentorship results in happier workplace relationships and allows companies to retain top talent.
Benefits of mentorship:
Tatia also shared tips and resources to ensure that whether you’re a mentor or mentee, you prepare for your role to create a successful partnership where both individuals benefit and grow.
A few tips for preparing for a mentorship:
Our team was intrigued to hear how mentorship is a continuous learning cycle beginning with meeting a mentor, growing, becoming a mentor, growing again, and seeking another mentor when you have a challenge or new leadership role that would benefit from mentorship. If you’re interested in mentorship, reach out to Joe Iudice, email@example.com, to learn about the RedCloud mentorship program we’ll be implementing soon.
Feedback from some of our RedCloud team members who attended the Lunch and Learn:
If you missed this Lunch and Learn, catch the recorded video here:
Thank you, Tatia, and the Upnotch team for an informative presentation on mentorship!