Posts Tagged ‘Mentor’

A Goddess in Disguise

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When Odysseus went off to fight in the Trojan War, he placed his friend Mentor in charge of his son Telemachus. Odysseus was gone twenty years, ten to fight the war and ten on his Odyssey traveling back home. During this time, the goddess Athena visited Telemachaus often. She guided him in his search for his father and his efforts to stave off the many suitors seeking to marry his mother on the assumption that Odysseus was dead. She offered encouragement and practical advice during Telemachus’ quest. In order to hide her involvement, Athena disguised herself as Mentor. Today we use the term “mentor” to refer to an experienced and trusted person who advises and guides aspiring new members of a profession.

This was all brought to mind by a post by Philip Haebig on the Paralegal Group LinkedIn discussion board, describing the difficulty he had finding a mentor and encouraging the use of LinkedIn and similar media for mentoring purposes. He states in part, “In closing, it took forever to get someone to be brave enough to say yes to mentoring a young starter. It took respect and dedication in heeding that mentor’s advice. And most of all it cost me very little for the growth it has facilitated, which is why I make the most of my connections in my network. After all, one’s network can truly be their net worth. Seeing as LinkedIn and the Internet are the exact place(s) to do this with very little hassle to both potential Mentor and Mentee, I am happy to share my knowledge, resources, and encouragements. And I suggest that you do too!”

I join Philip in encouraging experienced paralegals to become goddesses/gods in disguise as mentors of new paralegals. The comments to his post reinforce the notion that paralegals associations can and do play a role in connecting mentors and mentees:

Connie Johnson
Paralegal at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Hi Philip – I am the President of the Inland Counties Association of Paralegals in California. My association is actually working on getting a mentoring program together something like what you have discussed. I am sharing your link with my other board members. Would you mind if we include it in a future newsletter? We have a lot of student members, we are all on advisory boards of local educational facilities, and are hopeful we can get some people to step up and be mentors such as you detailed above.

Mariana Fradman, MBA
Senior Legal Assistant, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Dear Philip – can I please share your post with my mentees? You said exactly what I was trying to deliver during my presentation about the benefits of LinkedIn at the NYCPA Mentor Program Workshop last Thursday.

Paralegal Personality

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Vicki Voisin, The Paralegal Mentor‘s, November 14 newsletter has a good article by Stephanie on personality traits needed by paralegals.  It’s good enough that I might even have just reprinted it here in its entirety, but this article does not have Vicki’s usual “reprint, but give credit” tag on it. So I’m just going to list the traits and give you the link so you can go directly to read what the article says about them:

Anticipative, Confident, Conscientious, Consistent, Disciplined,  Discreet, Efficient, Ethical, Flexible, Focused, Hardworking

 

If you feel like having some fun this Friday afternoon, try rearranging the traits in an order such that their first letters form a pronouncable acronym.

Workspace Strategies

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Workspace, workload, docket, and time managements are key elements of professionalism for paralegals, forming the basis for a significant portion of The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient and Professional.” Early in this blog I did a post based on the book entitled “One File at a Time,” that included some advice on how to begin workspace management. It was and continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog.

Shortly thereafter Vicki Voison, The Paralegal Mentor asked in her newsletter “Is ‘One File at a Time’ Realistic?” Vicki recognized that for a working paralegal One File at a Time is a, perhaps unreachable, ideal but advocates taking steps that will bring that ideal closer to reality. At the time she offered ten tips, all of which were excellent.

Now Vicki is going a step further by way of recognizing January is Get Organized Month. Instead of a guest on the Mastermind Call scheduled for next Tuesday, January 11th at 8pm Eastern time, she’ll be presenting her own Kick Start Strategies to Organize Your Work Space….and it’s f’ree. The tagline is “Spend 60 minutes with me and you’ll love spending time in your office!” Here’s more:

In this webinar you’ll learn how to organize your desk, as well as every drawer, filing cabinet, shelf, book case and closet in your office. Even how to organize your FLOOR…yes, I know all about your floor! In Kick Start Strategies to Organize Your Workspace, you’ll learn:

processes for deciding what to keep and what to toss/shred
how to tackle those piles of paper that take on a life of their own in your office
keys to prioritizing your work and planning your day
steps to creating an organized and peaceful workspace that will result in higher productivity

These strategies will transfer to anything in your life that needs organizing, both at home and at your office. Again, there is no charge for this webinar…be sure to join me on Tuesday… just follow this link for more information and to register.

This is bound to be an hour well spent and I hope you’ll join Vicki for this call.