Last Friday, I was on day 2 of our John Maxwell training: Developing the Leader Within You.

One portion of the training discussed mentoring. We discussed the importance of leaders being mentors. This allows the mentor to “replicate” himself (and do more) at the same time allows the mentee (the person being mentored) to grow in leadership and in responsibility.

And the foundation of a mentoring relationship is a genuine care of the mentor for the mentee.

My mentors

We were asked to write about our mentors – one in our personal life and one in our professional life. We described how our mentors were instrumental to our growth and development.

I shared to our class what I wrote. Then our facilitator, Alex Castillo, challenged us further. “Have you thanked your mentors? Have you thanked them enough?”

Anna Salcedo

I took out my cellphone and started texting my mentor at Intel, Anna Salcedo. Anna was my manager at Intel for almost three years. She’s 3 years younger than I.  She had excelled at Intel (likewise with the help of her mentor) and took good care of our team throug hthe years.

Anna and Edong
Anna and Edong

This was my message for Anna, and the exchange of texts that ensued.

Edwin to Anna:

Hi Anna! I want you to know that I treasure how you mentored me at Intel. I learned from you:  clarity of purpose and process. I admire how you role-modelled strength, commitment and genuine care for our team. Precious is our friendship and I thank you mucho mucho!

Anna’s reply:

Wow thanks. Ok k lang b? :-)

Edwin:

Pwede pa-utang? hahaha! :-) It’s important to me that you know that I am grateful. Hugs! Musta kay pare!

Anna:

Ur very much welcome! And I’m glad we are friends :-) . God bless! Happy weekend!

Captain Bobby Lim

Captain Lim was my professor at AIM in an elective called “Sources and Uses of Power” (SUPR).

He’s 89 years old now. Here’s a short and utterly deficient description of Captain Lim: He was a war veteran, established the Lipa Airfield, an executive at Philippine Airlines, professor at AIM, writer, diver (learned diving at age 75ish!), a seasoned traveller, and has two iPods!

And most especially to me, Captain Lim is a mentor.

It was electrifying how Captain Lim manages the class discussion. I described it to my dad as: “It’s as if I’m part of an action movie! Like I’m really in it, slugging it out and not just watching and commenting on what’s happening!”

We continued to have animated discussions outside of class. He invited us for lunch at his Tagaytay home. It was a super sarap lunch, not just because of the sumptuous meal, but because of the sumptuous discussion!

Captain Lim’s home is about 45 minutes from where I worked at Cavite. Every few months, I would have lunch or dinner at Captain Lim’s home. We would talk about all sorts of topics under the sun.

Among the many topics we talk about, the list includes:
career, relationships, traveling, technology, real-estate, business, OFWs, books, kids/grand-kids, health and life-lessons.

I described our mentor relationship this way in my Maxwell class:

Captain Lim guides me with wisdom that comes with age.
Our talks lead me to deeper self-reflection.
He challenges me to dream high, think differently and GROW!

It’s about time I pay a visit to Captain Lim.

Go get a 5-star mentor!

Lastly, our training facilitator Alex challenges us to “Go get a 5-star mentor!” . I am aware of the importance of mentors in my life.

Alex says: “Go for the Michael Jordan or the Tiger Woods of your field!”

And that’s what I’m going for!

Today!

ka edong
that I may share what has been shared to me

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