Sunday, November 27, 2011

What kind of oracle do you have?

I’m not talking about hoodoo mysticism or the Matrix, and the reference has nothing to do with your database. I mean someone that mentors you, your coach, or as Wikipedia defines oracle: a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel.

If you think you are such a good manager or team leader that you don’t need one, that’s the same as saying you have nothing else to learn. When you have nothing else to learn, you are obsolete. Everyone needs a sounding board, a listener or reviewer who helps us confirm we’re on the right track, not full or ourselves, or worse: full of crap.

Who do you have coaching you? Hopefully, it is your manager. If not, then perhaps it is a friend or colleague. The important thing is that you’re not floating in the middle of Decision Sea alone, but if you are, relax. I’ve got good news for you.

Finding mentors and getting input is easier in the 21st century than ever before. Texting, Skype, forums, blogs with interactive commenting, LinkedIn Groups, and even Facebook are tools readily available for communicating with existing coaches or finding new ones.

You’re back at the office tomorrow. Here’s your goal for the week: seek coaching by Friday. Engage in a conversation that helps you move forward. Even if you have no pending decisions, seek second opinions on last week’s decisions. Ask someone to hear you out and provide feedback. Quite often, just hearing yourself recount a decision or path out loud shines lights on new options.

Try this out this week, and let me know how it works for you.

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