A friend posted this statement he heard in a webinar…
Losing a good employee is far more expensive than doing what you need to keep them.
I have discovered this a few times in my vocation. I think a major component of what we can do to “keep” someone is to mentor them. I’ve had opportunity to mentor a few folks in my life. I do this mainly because I was mentored by some amazing leaders myself.
Mentoring is an investment in the future. The Apostle Paul writes to his son in the faith, Timothy these words…
And the instructions which you have heard from me along with many witnesses, transmit and entrust, as a deposit to reliable and faithful men who will be competent and qualified to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2 Amplified Bible)
Do you see the succession? It goes from Paul to Timothy, to faithful folks, to others. This is mentoring to the 4th level and beyond.
We all have things we can pass on; wisdom, skills, passions, values, insight to name a few. In making this investment we ensure a future with people who can pick up the baton and carry it forward.
We are doing this at Canterbury, it is part of our DNA. The Canterbury staff in many ways functions as a community and the older, more experienced folks are training and equipping the younger folks. There is a lot of mutuality too as we learn from each other. We do this for Canterbury’s future.
Reflect: Who have been your mentors? Do they know the impact they had on you? Stop now and write, text or call them with gratitude. Who are you mentoring, investing in for the future?