I recently finished reading The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. It is an improbable account of the University of Washington’s Crew Team and their quest to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. This Huskies crew team was a true underdog, not expected to compete in the Olympics, much less win gold. The author paints a remarkable portrait of an amazing conquest and captures what it was like to beat the odds through trust and teamwork.
I recently finished reading The Heart And The Fist by Rhodes Scholar and decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens. Mr. Greitens is an amazingly accomplished, yet very humble man. He worked with nuns in Mother Teresa’s homes in India as well as aid workers and volunteers in Rwanda, Bolivia and Bosnia. He fought beside marines and fellow Navy SEALS in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout his journeys he discovered this world requires both compassion and strength; it requires service and leadership. The paradox here is that we need both. Mr. Greitens’ message, and his life, spent as a true servant-leader, deeply resonated with me and reinforced why I love working for SEI.
Most people understand the concept of mentorship for personal and professional development. But have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed an advocate? Someone who will support and promote your cause. A person with your interests in mind. If you answered yes, you are not alone. Most of us have stood in that position at one time or another. Most of us have been in a situation where we either wanted or required the support of a true proponent. In your case, did you get the assistance and backing you needed?