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Mentoring Helps Employees Grow

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says mentors have been instrumental in his life. He says O’Reilly’s mentoring program helps employees develop …

Cynthia Black, attorney with Cynthia R. Black, Attorney at Law, LLC, says everyone has their own specific talent. She talks about how one client’s bravery helped bring down a sex trafficking ring. …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, says her mentor advised that if you focus on your passion, the rest will fall into place. She says focusing outward to help others will change your life. …

Rita Baron, principal with Baron Design & Associates, LLC, talks about her experience in architecture, opening a restaurant and finding a mentor. She says failure is a great experience because it …

Cristian Rath, consultant with Abacus CPAs, LLC, says if you feel your goal is unattainable, work backwards to find the smaller steps to achieve it. He says you need to celebrate small victories on …

Toby Teeter, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the biggest challenges are memories of the 2011 tornado. He says rebranding has helped Joplin attract and retain talent and …

Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says it’s important to be active in groups and charities. He says you should give back to the community that has given to you. Potthoff is a 2020 …

Mark McNay, senior vice president and general manager of SMC Packaging Group, remembers lessons he and friends learned on a bicycle trip to Alaska more than 40 years ago. He says learning to listen and …

Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Brandy Harris says learning to slow down and listen helped her craft a well-informed strategic plan for the organization. She also stresses the important of being adaptable and …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says he’s been very fortunate to have good mentors in his life. Gibson says he tries to give back by mentoring through work and volunteering with Big …

Motivational speaker Zach Troutman says his grandmother and a coach helped him discover his passion. He founded Follow the Leader to normalize conversations about mental health after dealing with …

Speaker, coach and writer Erika Gerdes says there is a deep seated belief that you must choose between fulfillment and success. Gerdes says she had to change her mindset to see it’s possible to …

Brett Curry, CEO of OMG Commerce says leaders should create scenarios where they help each other grow, embrace problems and enjoy growth and development. Learn to see your challenges as opportunities. …

Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth, says the window of time when you can effect change is very brief. Edwards says one leader demonstrated the boldness to push forward and defy the status …

Patrick Nett, owner of Thai Express, says keeping a good work atmosphere helps him and his employees keep their minds off the pandemic. He says his family and customers’ appreciation make it easier …

When singer-songwriter Justin Larkin had gigs cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, he decided to see it as an opportunity. Larkin is spending his downtime with family, staying positive and …

Zachary Troutman, motivational speaker, says his children are the number one motivation in his life. “While I want to impact so many people, I want to be able to leave a legacy to my sons,” …

Ashley Fletcher, licensed clinical social worker, says her mentor was excellent at helping therapists understand their own self worth as well as that of their clients. Fletcher says this helps …

Donald Babb, former CEO and executive director of Citizens Memorial Hospital, says his grandfather was his first mentor. “He always told me, you can do whatever you want to do,” Babb says. “You …

City Utilities’ Gary Gibson says he sees the promotion from associate general manager to general manager as both a challenge and an opportunity. Gibson says it’s the GM’s responsibility to set …

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