FF134: Intentional Informal Mentoring with Rod Bourn

In this episode, Rod Bourn shares how to use informal mentoring to move yourself ahead as a leader and how to reach back and help someone else leap ahead with theirs.

Highlights From This Episode:

  • Mentoring is a free resource that almost all of us never use
  • Find someone that is 8-10 steps ahead of you to emulate
  • Creating an informal relationship with a mentor
  • The power of virtual assistants
  • Having focus time and energy on things that make sense

Links & Resources From This Episode:

Read more:   Upcoming book ‘Down, Set, Lead’ by Rod Bourn

Resources:   Winning You Worksheet

More About Rod Bourn

With a passion to improve people and organizations, Rod has worked in organizational development and leadership programming positions in a variety of industries including manufacturing, services, and higher education.

Rod is the founder and Lead Ninja of Down, Set, Lead; a strategic consulting group focused on helping organizations grow their business and people through coaching, training and mentoring. He is also the Project Director for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore.

Rod’s career started in HR and included progressive positions at London Fog, USF&G Insurance, Renaissance Hotels, and Rite Aid.  He then spent 14 years as the Coordinator of Organizational and Professional Development at Harford Community College, where he designed, coordinated and delivered professional training; planned and facilitated professional conferences; and ran two professional associations: the Susquehanna Professional Association of Non-profits (SPAN) and the Susquehanna Human Resource Association (SHRA).

In the community Rod serves as a mentor and coach; he is the former President and a current board member of the MA & PA Heritage Trail Foundation; and in 2008 founded Anna’s Guys, a collection of men who work with abused and sheltered children.  He also founded and oversees the annual Catch A Pig 5k, having raising over $50k for the local Boys & Girls Clubs.         

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Towson University, and a Masters of Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University.  He was voted commencement speaker for his Harford Leadership Academy class.

Rod is a native Harford Countian and enjoys various outdoor activities, traveling and gastronomic pursuits.  He now lives in Dundalk and tries to keep pace with his wife Kim, a psychotherapist, and their two kids.

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