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  1. Mentoring in the BLM Planting the Future E. M. Cobb BLM Colorado

  2. BLM Mission Statement • It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

  3. Present and Future • Supervisors – you are present leadership - knowledge, culture, policies • Mentored – they are the future leadership - ambition, mobility, desire So – my question to you: “Do you have the passion to sustain the future of the BLM?”

  4. Why Support Mentoring in the BLM? Benefits for All!! • New hires – eager, receptive, easily frustrated, need “brought into the fold” • Mid-career leaders – feedback, lessons learned, advice, networking • Senior leaders – corporate knowledge, political insights, perspective, career guidance and networking

  5. W I I F M ? “So……….What’s In It For Me?? • Opportunity to help • Perspective • Motivate others to excel • Benefit the BLM • Leadership

  6. Mentor • Odysseus had a son, Telemachus • Odysseus had a trusted friend, Mentor

  7. There are three ways to learn • Reflection – which is most sublime • Imitation – the easiest • Experience – the most bitter Confucius

  8. Sally Wisely – Perspective • As Chief of Public Affairs in New Mexico “State Director’s Perspective” ** Gained trust ** Earned confidence of SD and gained self confidence ** Encouraged to take risks & grow

  9. Exemplary Leadership • How does one learn to make decisions? “By being around decision makers” Dwight David Eisenhower

  10. Mentorship Perspective Mentors can offer perspectives. “If everybody is thinking the same, then nobody is thinking!” Patton

  11. Mentors • Who can mentor me? • Why do I need one? • Where can I find one? • How can I use a mentor? • What can they help me with? • When to get a mentor?

  12. Who Can Mentor Me? • Program Leads • Field Managers • ASDs, DSDs • Peers • Family • Other agency

  13. Who Should be Mentors • Know and understand BLM • Desire to be Mentors • Proven expertise • Known, respected, trusted • Connected • Comfortable as a Mentor • Fair and Equitable

  14. Why Do I Need a Mentor? • Direction • Feedback • Honesty • Networking • Cheerleading!! • Perspective

  15. Where Can I Find One? • Field, State or WO Office • Training Center • Other Agencies • College • Retirees • Bottom line – You Need to Ask!!!

  16. How Can I Use a Mentor? • “Hey, I’ve got a question?” “My mentor had an answer!”

  17. What Can They Help Me With? • Introductions • Organizational Culture • Counseling & Feedback • Opportunities – details, courses, meetings • Career planning recommendations • Networking

  18. When to get a Mentor? • Now • Then • And Then Again! • Mentorship is dynamic, ongoing, changing.

  19. Volunteer for a collateral duty Take a detail Learn someone else’s job Toastmasters Be positive “Shine your light” Job shadow Learn about recruiting and hiring Pathways, Emerging Leaders, Leadership Academy Take the “hard job” Be a teamplayer Mentors Motivate others to:

  20. BLM Mentors – Encourage Opportunity “Ability without opportunity is wasted”

  21. Mentorship Expectations • What do you as mentee expect? • What does the mentor expect? • Time limitations? • How shall we “chat?” e-mail, telephone? • “In this relationship, I am looking for….?”

  22. Expectations – Questions for Mentorship • “What do I need to be successful now?” • “Should I consider a move? A detail?” • “What do you see as my strengths? My weaknesses? My talents?” • “Who can help me in other areas?” • “I’m considering ‘xyz’, who has been successful at ‘xyz’?”

  23. Goals – Write Them Down Harvard Seniors – Goals • 83% no goals, 14% verbal goals and only 3% had written goals • 10 years later – 14% made 3 times $$$$ and the 3% made 10 times the $$$$ • The “take away” – Write down your goals

  24. My Goals • I am now a ____________________ • I would like to be a _____________ by this date____________________ and I will do the following to help me _____________________________ _____________________________

  25. BLM Mentors • “Been there – done that” • Diverse backgrounds • Diverse experiences • Proven performers • Respected • Value BLM & its mission

  26. BLM Mentors – Benefit the BLM • Rosey Thomas, Field Manager, Idaho • BLM’s first woman FMO • “life experience is critical” • “diverse perspectives” • “active mentoring positively benefits both parties” “Next Job…..State Director!”

  27. BLM Mentors – Benefit the BLM • Gayle Sitter – Wildlife Lead, Montana • “Allowed me to develop as biologist” • “Gave me encouragement and enthusiasm” • “Value of working with people” • Mentor Moment: “Don’t teach them. Teach them to think.”

  28. Leadership in the BLM • What is the BLM looking for? • What are the “keys” to my success? • Is there a “leadership list?”

  29. The Evolution of the CEO – the 5 Steps • Rodgers – Leadership consultant • Find a mentor – network, navigate, news • Lead a team – get promoted • Communicate results • Seek wise counsel • Manage your time well

  30. Leading Change – goals, priorities Leading People – nurturing, encouraging Results Driven – accountability, ongoing improvement Business Acumen – using human, financial, material resources Building Coalitions and Communications – networking, teambuilding Executive Core Qualifications

  31. Mentorship examples – one last story • Jesse Owens – 1936 Olympics, Nazi Germany

  32. Owens nearly missed qualifying in the long jump. His toughest opponent, a German named Lutz Long, gave Owens advice that helped him advance. Lutz was the first to shake his hand when Owens earned the gold. (The winning jump)   Jesse Owens – Motivating others to excel

  33. Jesse Owens Lutz Long & Jesse Owens • "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler," Owens said. • Long used a towel to “mentor” Jesse to success  

  34. “BFF” – best friends forever Sponsorship – bypass meritocracy What Mentorship is NOT

  35. Thank You for Your Time • Questions?