Up for a Challenge: Why an Integrator Needs a Mentor

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Why would an Integrator need a Mentor? Furthermore, who makes an ideal Mentor for an EOS Integrator? Mentorship is not a one-way street.

In this episode, I interview Paulina Walters, Fractional Integrator at CATALYST Integrators, about the Mentor-Integrator relationship. 

What we talked about:

  • How a Mentor challenges an Integrator
  • Typical Mentor-Integrator engagement
  • Qualities of a desirable Mentor for an Integrator

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How a Mentor challenges an Integrator

The role of integrating EOS into a team is no easy job. Juggling multiple tasks, learning the operating system, and persuading people into the same direction can be a lot to handle. 

Having a mentor benefits the integrator through personal growth: whether a person has recently taken on the role of an integrator or has been at it for a while, a mentor will challenge them to strive for more. 

Paulina describes the relationship between a mentor and integrator as the rocket fuel of EOS. 

The mentor’s question to the integrator is always: what does success look like to you? Whether that is increasing the lead manage & accountability components or bringing more support on deck,  the mentor can help champion that vision. 

Typical Mentor-Integrator engagement

Starting out, the relationship can be a one-hour weekly session focused on the integrator bringing up issues that they’re facing either personally within the role or issues with the organization. 

As the integrator becomes more involved in the role, that session may evolve into a two or three hour session focused on topics like improving the relationship with the visionary or auditing their L10. Ultimately, it is customizing the session to however best benefits the integrator’s success.

As the meetings are conducted, the success of the mentor-integrator relationship can be monitored through how consistently the two are meeting—as it shows commitment to bettering the integrator role. Another way success can be measured is how the mentor is challenging the integrator to think outside the box.

Qualities of a desirable Mentor for an Integrator

With such an important guide to the success of the integrator role, it’s important to look for someone that has been, very specifically,  in your shoes.

A first step for finding the right mentor is to look for someone who has been running on EOS for at least two to three years. If you look for a mentor that doesn’t have that specific experience, they can be beneficial but may not understand your vision as succinctly as someone who knows the specific struggles of balancing EOS tasks. 

To continue the conversation with Paulina, she can be reached at paulinawalters@catalystintegrators.com or 915-241-5241.

Bill Reed

COO at Sweet Fish

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