Fun & Fulfillment in Work and in Life
13 years ago while I was at KPMG, I started a KPMG All-Star bike team to ride in the MS150 Bay-to-Bay Bike Tour. It's a 100 mile ride from Irvine to San Diego. Over the years we have had as many as 92 riders and raised approximately $500,000 in the battle against Multiple Sclerosis. I also got MS recognized as one of KPMG's 4 National Charities at the time. I did my first MS ride in 1986 and have two cousins diagnosed with MS in 1987 - so for me it's personal.
"Praise is like Champagne –
It should be served while it is still bubbling"
I saw this quote as an email tag line from an HR Leader that I admire.
Acknowledgement - As a consultant turned coach, this is one of the most powerful skills I learned in my coach training.
As soon as I heard about this topic, I had an immediate 'ah-ha' moment. I've heard about mentor programs for years, yet the elusive 'sponsorship' factor is often overlooked and under emphasized.
During my 22 years in public accounting, I saw plenty of highly qualified partner candidates who ended up leaving the firm because they didn't have an effective sponsor. They became highly qualified often as a result of hard work and mentoring. Yet hard work and mentoring alone often fails to bring success. Sponsorship implies an element of advocacy that is missing in mentoring alone.
In January, I attended a 6-day leadership retreat put on by The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and facilitated personally by its Founders. The theme of the retreat was ‘Creating From Self.’ In order to create from self, we must know ourselves and thus this was six days of splendid exploration. We spent time defining our life purpose, tapping into our authentic selves and defining what it means to be ‘me’ at our core. We left with a concept of “lifting our lids’ and embracing our own uniqueness as we fully experience our every day lives.