One of the topics that continues to pop up in my discussions with people in the golf industry is the warm feeling they have for mentors from the past.
Certainly, that’s a topic that continually is raised when I’m chatting with GNN bloggers Tiffany Gordon and Kevin Thistle, who both recognize the importance of mentorship today and like talking about the people who were positive influences on them early in their careers.
By the same token, Kevin says it’s important for those who have benefited from mentors in the past to continue that tradition by helping to guide what he feels is a fine crop of young people coming into the business. You can read his recent blog by clicking here. Tiff also talks about mentoring in her blog today.
Mentors were on the minds of several individuals when the Canadian PGA gathered for its Centennial celebrations in the nation’s capital earlier this week, but mentors are not exclusive to golf professionals. They can have a profound influence on owners, superintendents, food and beverage personnel and others.
So who was your prime mentor or are there several who come to mind? We’d like to hear your accounts of people who made a positive impact on your career. Feel free to name them if you like because they obviously deserve recognition if you feel so strongly about them.
- Did they give you specific tips to help you prepare for the next step in your career?
- Did they make themselves accessible whenever you had a question?
- Could you drop by just to talk about the business?
- Was it tough love that they gave you that seemed harsh back then, but was really concern for your future?
- Do you still keep in touch with your mentor today?
It’s a topic that touches many of us in the golf industry who have benefited from a mentor who cared enough to take the time for the betterment of your career, so jot down your own personal experiences in the Comments section below this blog.