Military leaders crusade for mentoring in Cincinnati
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Hormel teammates Denise Crawley and Nikki Craig
meet (ret.) Gen. Becky Halstead
at the NEW Cincinnati event.
"You are a mentor
even if you don't know it," retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Becky
Halstead told nearly 700 NEW member and supporters at the NEW Cincinnati fall
learning event, Oct. 28, 2015.
"Every one of you
coaches your subordinates around you," Halstead said. "You only
choose a few of them to mentor."
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Halstead joined retired four-star
U.S. Army General James T. Hill to share "The Value of Mentoring and Its
Lasting Legacy" and offering mentoring lessons based on their military and business experiences.
Hill said he chose
Halstead to work for him not only because she had been "bright, selfless,
loyal and had done a great job in the past," but because he knew he could
get her promoted from the role.
"As a general you are obligated to bring people along," Hill
explained. "Then and today we don't have enough women generals in the
A mentoring relationship must be nurtured by both sides, Halstead
said. "We had to work at our relationship. General Hill had said, 'Becky,
protect me from myself.'"
In choosing a mentor, she said, find someone with whom you can walk
into a room, close the door and know she is able to say, "Do you have any
idea what you're doing here?"
But don't look for a clone. "It doesn’t matter if you have
similar personalities or not in a mentor/mentee relationship," Halstead
said. "Different personalities help you to think differently."
Knowing when to ask for help is critical. "I don't have to be the expert
all the time," Halstead said, urging attendees to consult with their
networks for needed information.
Remember not to act rashly. "Almost nothing requires an immediate
"Who do you want to follow in your place?" Halstead asked,
noting the value of creating a team that will last for years.
Still, your legacy as a leader is your legacy as a person, Halstead said.
"At the end of the day your children will not remember if you were a good
employee or manager. They will remember how you were as a parent."
Organizations sending large delegations to the event include Altria,
Ernst & Young, General Mills, Harlow-HRK, Kao USA, Kellogg, Kimberly-Clark,
The Kroger Co., Procter & Gamble and Xavier University.