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Mentorship: Not everybody gets it

Joseph Kopser of Grayline Group is an expert on mentorship and the impact it has in both your personal life and the workplace. Kopser lays out four questions you should ask regarding mentors: 1. What is the role of a mentor?
2. What does it mean to be a good mentor?
3. Why is it important to have a mentor?
4. How do mentors guide your decisions?
He defines and explains mentorship and discusses the impact his most important mentor had on him. Finally, he explains "For those of us caught in the trenches, a mentor can give us an eye from the watchtower."

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Joseph Kopser of Grayline Group is host of Catalyst TALKS. A series of live, interactive interviews with thought leaders, subject matter experts and operators with first hand experience in the skills needed to lead the workplace in a changing world. His talks focus on the technology, agility, leadership, knowledge, and strategy needed to build teams in a changing world. Joseph is also co-founder of the non-profit USTomorrow focused on workforce readiness. Joseph’s focus is to help people adapt to the changing future of work.

Grayline Group knows that technology is changing faster than business models, and globalization has magnified the threat surface for companies, investors, and governments. Change creates opportunity and risk. It requires the skills of new leadership and strategy in the workplace.

Grayline Group brings together experts, data, and solutions to help business and government leaders manage transformation resulting from technological and socioeconomic catalysts.

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Mentorship: Not everybody gets it

  1. 1. MENTORSHIP: Not Everybody Gets It JOSEPH KOPSER
  2. 2. Mentors: What is the role of a mentor? Why is it important to have a mentor? What does it mean to be a good mentor? How do mentors help guide your decisions?
  3. 3. plays a vital role in your personal development and the development of others. To improve both on and off the job, finding a good mentor is a great way to start. Mentorship Joseph Kopser
  4. 4. A mentor can push you to consider new approaches to the day-by-day challenges of your job. Good mentors aren’t shackled to the momentary crisis. Role of a Mentor: A mentor can give you insights into your month- by-month and even year- by-year trajectory. A mentor can give you an all-around view of yourself, your environment, and your world. Joseph Kopser
  5. 5. My first mentor in the Army, Bob Cone, had the leadership style of a My Mentor: He was a subject matter expert on leadership and was building the next generation of the military. I saw in him what I wanted to be- People will be what they can see teacher. Joseph Kopser
  6. 6. Call, email, communicate with your mentor often Talk about work but more importantly, talk about life Mentors tend to be generous with their advice and connections keeping in touch The key to utilizing a mentor is Joseph Kopser
  7. 7. Questions effective mentors ask; What do you want for the future? Then, what's your next move? How will you get there? Along the way to get you to the next step mentors help guide your answers Joseph Kopser
  8. 8. For those of us caught in the trenches, A mentor can give us an eye from the watchtower. Joseph Kopser
  9. 9. Joseph Kopser is a technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. Currently he serves as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. In addition, he is President of Grayline where he works to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Prior to co- founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, before it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in 2014. Joseph also served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star and is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2014, his company won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award. In 2018, Joseph ran for Congress in a race that attracted more voters than any of the 36 districts in Texas. Losing by less than 3 points in a heavily gerrymandered district, Joseph demonstrated that voters want civility and problem solvers in Congress. In his free time, he works closely with The Bunker, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In 2017, he co-authored the book, Catalyst, which he recommends you check out on Amazon. In 2019, Joseph became the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech. Joseph lives in Austin with his wife and is extremely proud of three adult daughters. Joseph Kopser, President - Grayline Group
  10. 10. Connect with me at Check out my book, Catalyst, on Amazon.