Wednesday, June 08, 2005


I had dinner last night with a friend and mentor of mine – Dr. Joe Martin from U of T. He is a professor at the Rotman School of business – previously the managing partner of Deloitte’s consulting practice. I used to sit on the board of directors of Angoss Software ( with him.

He is very seasoned and experienced. Always has a story to tell and has interesting insights. He has a keen understanding and interest in history. We can learn from history and sometimes I wish I spent more time studying it.

I am a big believer in mentors – primarily informal ones. Ones who are nice enough to be friends but honest enough to tell me how it is. I have a fairly large rolodex of mentors that I can call on for different purposes. Mentors help me find clarity or as I call it, they help me unlock the advice I have within myself.

Ideally when I meet with a mentor, I like to know what questions I want to ask. Sometimes just figuring out the questions gives me the answers I want. Last night I lacked clarity to even know the questions to ask which is why is good that Joe and I are such good friends that it does not matter as much.

I like to use the Think – Mentor – Think method. I think about my challenges, then meet with my chosen mentor then think about the solutions and action I will take.

Driving home I realized how much I enjoyed his conversation and advice. Although the dinner was long and not in my usual quick style, it made me think that some things are not meant to be rushed.


At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Carm MacKenzie said...

Hi Jim,
I like your comment that sometimes things are not meant to be rushed. I think that is a great 'Life Balance' point. Knowing when to let thinks unfold at its own pace allows for opportunities, insights, and wisdom to reveal itself.


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