David Meltzer discusses mentorship for millennials

Millennial Mentorship Strategies: Part Two

In loving memory of Randy Granovetter, here is Part Two (Part One is here) of how she taught me to empower millennials throughout her career. Mentorship can be one of the most effective tools to empower millennials on their path to achieving their potential. Here are a few tips that that Randy had empowered me with when I was a young executive. These principles are utilized daily by the millennials at our company and anyone can use them to encourage learning and growth.

11. Remind yourself that people matter more than perks.

Having a bowling alley at your work is cool, but do not lose sight of how important the people around you are.

12. Map effort to your professional gain.

Do not just work for the sake of working. Don’t be so busy working that you forget to make money.

13. Speak up, not out.

While it’s always tempting to bash a coworker or associate on occasion, you must refrain. Connect to what inspires you instead of playing below the line in blame, shame, and justification.

14. Work on building your technical skills.

Continue to add additional skills to your repertoire. I always prefer someone with supplementary graphic design skills, writing skills, or web editing skills over someone who is only trained in one discipline.

15. Don’t forget that the size and quality of your network matters.

Who you know is often more important than what you know, so make sure you work on building your relationship capital as well as your situational knowledge and career.

16. Always have three mentors.

One of the best pieces of advice that Randy had always given me is to find three people in the position who you want to be in and ask them for help. They will rarely, if ever, say no.

17. Pick a hero and act as if.

Another way to connect to a source of inspiration is to fake it until you make it. Model your behavior after someone who inspires you. Be the hero you want to be.

18. Read more books in your spare time.

Focus less on tweets and Googling and more on the literature, and arts, and culture. This helps to improve your critical ability to think and shapes your perception on gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication, in the world.

19. Spend 25% less than you make.

Do not hamstring yourself with golden handcuffs. Do not spend every penny that you make every month. Be financially literate and kind to your future financial self.

20. Be kind to your future self and realize that your reputation is priceless.

The final bit of advice I learned from my time with Randy is: do not damage your legacy or reputation. It is one of the most valuable currencies you have and if you lose it, it is very difficult to get back.

In honor of Randy Granovetter, thank you for empowering us to enjoy the pursuit of our potential.

By: David Meltzer


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