Thursday, December 29, 2011

90 Wide Mentoring: The 3rd Edition

Fellow Crusaders, 

The mission of the Holy Cross Gridiron Leadership Council is succinctly stated as "committed to excellence in helping Holy Cross Football win on and off the field". 

Our pursuit of excellence in winning off the field is embodied in a number of initiatives but none greater than our 90-Wide Mentoring Program. 

We launched this formal mentoring program in December 2009. With two years of mentoring and relationship development under our belt, our foundation has been well established. With this message linking to the "90-Wide: The 3rd Edition" we are now well positioned to elevate our efforts and further establish a "culture of winning off the field". I thank everybody on this distribution who is helping us make that happen so we can far exceed any preconceived notions within our mission. 

Let's dare to be truly great!!    

On that note, prior to my addressing some highlights of our program, I ask you to please save this message and the attached file. Please share this message and file with your friends, family, and colleagues (including your high school coaches, advisors, and teachers) so more and more people know how special Holy Cross and Holy Cross Football truly are.    

1. 90-Wide Mentoring Highlights

>>124 Holy Cross alums are involved mentoring our current and recently graduated Crusaders. 

>>These alums live in 23 states up and down the east coast but as far and wide as Oregon, California, Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota,Texas, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and Georgia.   

>>Our mentors work in 30 separate and distinct industries, including Education, Real Estate, Banking, Investment Banking, Medicine, High Tech, Dentistry, Marketing, Law, Government, Consulting, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, ....and many more.  

2. To the Mentors and our current Crusaders

What is mentoring? As highlighted at a website, Mentorset, 

"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.

A mentor should help the mentee to believe in herself and boost her confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. 

Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

As our nation and economy continue to face very real and likely long lasting challenges, the need for our 90-Wide is growing ever stronger. 

I exhort each and every mentor and current Crusader to open the attached file and reach out to your mentor/mentee TODAY. 

Arrange a date and time to speak and/or meet. Then please meet and/or speak regularly. The life you change may be your own. As the mentors provide wisdom, our current Crusaders can provide a sense of youthful spirit and exuberance, along with a look back to life on the hill.    

I hope the file is self-explanatory in terms of understanding whom your mentor/mentee is but allow me to lay out how to read it. 

When you open the file (open it wide), the names of all mentors and mentees are listed alphabetically by last name. Thus, Gary Acquah will see his name listed first. Gary then can see that he is paired with John Hackney. Gary would then scroll down to see John's name and his contact info (typically cell, e-mail, and business info). I hope Gary will immediately drop John a line or make a call and that John will do the same so that they can begin or continue to grow their relationship. There is no set of rules as to how to make relationships work. Do not be bashful. 

With approximately 260 people on this distribution and involved in this program, invariably some of the current contact info may have changed or was transcribed in error. Please do not hesitate to contact me so we can properly address. 

On that note....

LET'S WIN!!!!   

LD '83

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