Resources for Mentorship

September Mentorship Resources 

GOAL-SETTING: Approaches, templates, and apps to help you achieve your dreams

Borrow these goal-setting strategies used to increase productivity within large corporations to help influence your personal achievements! 

Lead and Lag measures:  Many of us need help realizing and communicating our goals in a manner that promotes achievability and reinforces motivation. Recognizing lead vs. lag measures when goal-setting is as important strategy employed by many sales teams to increase profitability. Try focusing on the LEAD measures- something that will lead you to your result. These lead measures are typically predictive, actionable, and will directly influence your goals. Lag measures are those that you cannot control or manage directly, but that may act as measurements of success. For example, when setting a goal to control your body size/composition, a lead measure would include going to the gym on Mon/Wed/Fri from 5pm-6pm. A lag measure would include fitting into your “skinniest” jeans. Going to the gym following the abovementioned routine is one strategy that will LEAD to you fitting into your skinniest jeans in your efforts to control your body size/composition.

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Think BIG Act SMALL Move QUICK (BSQ): A foundational approach in the field of organizational psychology, the BSQ strategy helps you transition your big dreams into reality is an efficient, time-bound manner. Think BIG about an ultimate goal or major accomplishment and set an overall timeframe. This goal may seem like an overwhelming entity to conquer! Consider the sub-goals or tasks that will contribute to your success in accomplishing your ultimate goal. Then, assign due dates to these sub-tasks or goals. Here is a template to use when using BSQ to aid goal-setting:

Think BIG




Ultimate goal + timeframe

ie: Buy a new home within the next 3 months

List out sub-goals/tasks

Assign due date to sub-goals/tasks

Write wish list, including ideal features and neighborhoods

June 30th

Determine price range

By July 7th

Connect with real estate agent

By July 14th

Collect documents for processing and secure financing pre-approval

By July 21st

View properties

July 14st - August 18th (extendable)

Make offers and review terms

By August 25th


By September 30th

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SMART goals: A well-known and widely-implemented model, use this strategy at work or at home to identify goals and break larger goals down to manageable and trackable steps.


My goal is to:



Who will participate in achieving this goal?:


What are the tools/strategies we will use to achieve this goal?:


Where will most of the work take place?:


When will this work get done?:


Which obstacles might I encounter along the way?:


Here are the steps/milestones that are involved in achieving this goal:






I will measure my progress using the following method:


I will know I’ve reached my goal when:



Items I’ll need to achieve this goal:


Things I’ll need to learn more about:


How I’ll find the time:


People I can talk to for support:



This is why I am motivated to achieve this goal:




I will reach by goal by:


Accomplishing this milestone will indicate I’m half way there:


I expect the half way measurement to be completed by this date:


Additional dates and milestones that I’ll aim for are:





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Locke and Latham’s 5 principles of goal-setting: Throughout your journey to achieve a goal, how do you stay motivated? Drs. Locke and Latham suggest that specific features of goal-setting can lead to continuous self-motivation! Locke's research showed that there was a relationship between how difficult and specific a goal was and people's performance of a task. He found that specific and difficult goals led to better task performance than vague or easy goals. Dr. Gary Latham’s work explored this idea further in workplace settings. In 1990, Locke and Latham published their seminal work, "A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance”, which reinforced the need to set specific and difficult goals, along with other goal-setting tips. Utilize these 5 attributes of successful goals, along with the SMART model, to set self-motivating goals:

1.                   Clarity- Define specific goal, measurable milestones, and associated timelines.

2.                   Challenge- Most individuals are motivated by rewards. Perceived rewards typically increase as the perceived challenge of the goal increases. View every goal you set as challenging in its own way. By acknowledging and documenting the factors that make this goal challenging, you can look back and reflect on your strength in taking it on as the process of achieving this goal continues. Once these challenges are identified, continuing to pursue the goal may seem more attainable.

3.                   Commitment- “Buy-in” is an important factor in the success of goal achievement. Increase your “buy-in” by listing out your motivations for taking this challenging goal on, including its perceived necessity (why this goal is worth taking on), relevance (why it’s the “right time” to tackle this goal), importance (expected impact to you and others).

4.                   Feedback- Carve out time for formal or informal check-ins with yourself or others that you’ve involved in the process of achieving this goal, ideally routinely throughout the defined time period rather than only after achieving milestones. Reflection on the process will allow you to clarify expectations, adjust goal difficulty, and gain recognition throughout the process.

5.                   Task complexity- Throughout the process of achieving a goal, continue to carefully analyze the factors affecting complexity of this goal (as obstacles, etc. arise), document these complexities, and adjust timelines and tools required to achieve this goal as needed.


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August Mentorship Resources 

Time Management and Life Prioritization




5 Ways to Get an ‘Extra Hour’ in Your Day-


Time Management for the Time-Challenged-


Work Smarter, Not Harder: 21 Times Management Tips to Hack Productivity-


The Insanely Simple Way to Prioritize Your Work and Life



The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right- Atul Gawande


How to be a Productivity Ninja- Graham Allcott


Prioritization: How to Prioritize Tasks to Increase Productivity and Work Smarter, Not Harder- Geoffrey Wright



Time Management: How to Write a To-Do List & Know Where Your Times Goes Lesson- Laura Pasquini-

Interactive lesson aimed to help you reflect on where your time goes and how to write a smart to-do list.



How to Gain Control of Your Free Time- Laura Vanderkam (TED talk)-


Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking- Paolo Cardini (TED talk)-


10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips- David Pogue (TED talk)-




12 Powerful Self-Care Tools That You Can’t Live Without- Anne-Sophie Reinhardt-


Developing a Self-Care Plan-


Self-care tools for managing stress-



Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself- Kristin Neff


Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure and Other Everyday Hurts- Guy Winch


From Coping to Thriving: How to TUrn Self-Care into a Way of Life- Hannah Braime


Start Where You Are: How to Accept Yourself and Others- Pema Chodron


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are- Brene Brown



“18 YouTube Channels We Recommend for Free Yoga Videos”

Find out the best free YouTube yoga tutorial for you with this summarization from There are diverse videos whether you are a beginner or yogi yourself.


Headspace: Guided Meditation App (available on iTunes store)

This is one of many apps available to help you meditate throughout your busy day. What is nice about Headspace is it can set reminders for you and there are many different varieties depending on how your feeling.


Book of the Month-

            Pay a monthly fee to pick a bestseller that will be shipped directly to your door.


Self-Care Starter Kit- University of Buffalo School of Social Work-

Self-care starter kit directed at social workers but can help you understand the goals of self-care, develop a plan, and plan exercise and activities to supplement your care plan.



Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid- Guy Winch (TED talk)-


All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes- Andy Puddicombe (TED Talk)-


Own Your Body’s Data- Talithia Williams (TED Talk)-



In Praise of Slowness- Carl Honore (TED Talk)-



Other Mentoring Resources


National Mentoring Partnership 

Dos and Dont's of Mentoring


Durham University Mentoring Program 

Mentor skills and expectations



“Supervisor's Companion” by Jeanne Hugg

Question:  Career Journey

The Supervisor's Companion provides practical guidelines for supervisors and managers using relevant stories and a bit of humor so that learning this material is enjoyable and useful. With a strong emphasis on developing effective communication skills, this book is designed to help the supervisor and employee succeed. This book is a first-time supervisor's survival kit. 


“Becoming a Manager” by Linda Hill

Question:  Career Journey 

This book traces the experiences of nineteen new managers over the course of their first year in a managerial capacity.  It also reveals the complexity of the transition and analyzes the expectations of the managers, their subordinates, and their superiors. 


“#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso 

Question: Career Journey 

Sophia Amoruso is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy and lined with naysayers. 


“The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating your Career” by Alexandra Cavoulacos Question:  Career Journey

How do you craft, maintain, and elevate a thriving career path in the modern world of diverse job opportunities? This book takes you through steps to achieve success from the beginning, including tricks to build your brand, tactfully promote your worth, and continue to advocate for advancement.


“Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High” by K Patterson et al.

Question:  Relationships

This book discusses conversations that occur when the stakes are high, emotions run strong, and opinions vary. This book will help to: prepare for high-stakes situations with a proven technique; transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue; make it safe to talk about almost anything; be persuasive, not abrasive; improve nearly every professional and personal relationship; and yield major professional improvements in areas like productivity, quality, safety, diversity, and change management. 


“Friend &Foe: When to Cooperate, Compete, and How to Succeed” by Adam Galinsky

Question:  Relationships 

Many of us struggle with balancing our competitive and collaborative instincts. This book provides strategies to leverage both of these natural tendencies to find success in the workplace and in your personal lives! Topics covered include gaining and maintaining motivation and trust within a team, conflict resolution, and facilitating successful negotiations.


“The Big Life: Embrace the Mess” by Ann Shoket

Question:  Relationships 

Have you been called an entitled millennial who is motivated by self-interest alone? Redefine your millennial label with your boss and others by embracing your ambition. Take some time to read these strategies to cultivate a passionate career path, find your squad, and achieve work-life balance.


“We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere” by Gillian Anderson

Questions:  Relationships

This book acts as a manual for transforming a “me-based” perspective into a more collaborative “we-based” approach to life by exploring nine principles that can help you overcome discomfort and gain confidence in working with others to achieve big goals.


“Strengths Finders 2.0” by Tom Rath

Question:  Relationships

This book helps determine an individual's top 5 strengths through a detailed quiz.  The book then helps to identify areas to utilize those strengths.


“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni

Question:  Relationships

This book outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work, and the keys to overcoming them. This book also shows that the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable.  Additionally, the book outlines a model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.


“Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry

Question: Relationships

By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction, but knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management—to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.


“The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance” by Katty Kay

Question:  Relationships

This book travels to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene by interviewing leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They also interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. The book also examines how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.


“The Ascending Leader” by Diane Egbers and Karen Schenck

Question:  Goals

This book discusses strategies to overcome the seven enemies of success that newly promoted leaders face. Each chapter addresses one of seven common failures and provides winning strategies and appropriate tools to help readers plan and overcome career limiting obstacles.


“Weird in a World that’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits” by Jennifer Romolini

Question:  Goals

A practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want—from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world.


“Strategize to Win” by Carla Harris

Question: Goals

Whether we’re starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn’t what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and in Strategize to Win she gives readers the tools they need to get started; get “unstuck” from bad situations; redirect momentum; and position themselves to manage their careers no matter the environment. 


“Originals” by Adam Grant

Question:  Goals

How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Adam Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. 


“Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on our Own Terms” by Maureen Chiquet Question:  Goals

The former global CEO of Chanel shares her success story, leadership tips, and unique insights to empower female professionals to rise to the top!


“How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life” by Lilly Singh

Question:  Goals

Actress, comedian, and star of the “Superwoman” YouTube channel, Lilly Singh, writes about her resiliency and no-nonsense approach to taking charge. She’ll leave you laughing out loud while reading her guide to working hard and working smart, including tips like challenging yourself to be nice to others, maximizing creativity, and avoiding temptation!


“Expect to Win 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace” by Carla Harris

Question:  Goals

Navigating dynamic workplace environments can be a challenge, even for us GCs who receive training in harnessing our emotional intelligence and facilitating productive discussions. Gain a different perspective by reading through Carla’s famous “pearls” for bringing your best self to work every day.


“Power Your Happy” by Lisa Sugar

Question: Work/School-life balance

Lisa Sugar has an amazing job. She spends her days at POPSUGAR creating content about pop culture, must-have handbags and makeup, healthy recipes, and Instagram-worthy sweets. How did she do it? By figuring out what her dream job was, taking risks, and believing in herself. And now she wants to motivate others to do the same.


“10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in my Head” by Dan Harris

Question:  Work/Life Balance

Is your brain a busy place? Read about neuroscientific principles informing how meditation can help to rewire your brain for efficiency to leave more energy to enjoy your life!


“Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath

Question: Change

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains”, say Chip and Dan Heath. In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change.


“Steering by Starlight” by Martha Beck

Question: Change

Martha Beck's remarkable success in helping people to change their lives has won her accolades. Steering by Starlight offers readers a powerful set of new tools―fresh coping strategies based on cutting-edge research in psychiatry and neurology―that will help them overcome obstacles and set their lives on course. 


“Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback” by Douglas Stone

Questions: Students’ clinical rotations, feedback in the workplace

We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it. Thanks for the Feedback explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace.



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Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership

Question:  Goals

This podcast emphasizes women in innovative fields where science and art intersect.  Key themes that are explored are women, leadership, creativity, confidence, etc.


Hiding in the Bathroom

Question:  Goals

Host, Morra Aaron-Mele, helps you create your own version of success (even on days you feel like hiding in the bathroom). 


The LadyCast: Conversations with women to inspire you

Question:  Goals

A podcast to inspire you to #dothething.


Bossfiles with Poppy Harlow

Question:  Goals

CNN's Poppy Harlow goes beyond the headlines and the talking points, with the biggest names in business.


Being Boss: Mindset, Habits, Tactics, and Life

Question: Relationship

“Being Boss” is owning who you are and making things happen.  Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon have combined experience and expertise in branding and coaching small online businesses to be more boss in work and life.


The Couragemakers

Question:  Goals

This is a weekly podcast for creative and passionate, mission-driven doers, and contains courage, vulnerability and a desire to leave the world a brighter place than how we found it. 


Make it Happen

Question:  Change

This is a podcast for big-hearted creative who are ready to build an impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable creative life.


Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Question:  Change

Elizabeth Gilbert helps aspiring artists overcome their fears and create more joy.