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Mentorship, Leadership and Feedback Across Cultures

By Annie Blissit, 5/30/17

The readings this week were focused on the leadership component of the course: giving and understanding feedback across cultures and mentorship. I thought the feedback readings were quite interesting. I have seen various styles of feedback and have always learned to cushion negative feedback between positives, but I had not thought of the cultural influence in this strategy. In fact, this approach is quite American.

Cultures generally fall somewhere between direct and indirect when it comes to giving negative feedback and this may be...

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Mentorship and Leadership

The readings for this post all focused on aspects of leadership and mentoring. Erin Meyer’s article compared the way people with different cultures give negative feedback. The Dutch are well known for being direct and honest when giving criticism, as opposed to indirect culture of Korea. Americans falls somewhere in between; we learn to give positive and negative feedback together. A second dimension to feedback is the power of words used, with some choosing to use understatement and others being blunt and accurate.

Carole Robin gave a point-by-point guide to giving feedback....

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Mentoring, Leadership, and Feedback

By Jordan Hunt, May 30, 2017

The goal of any professional is to be better, to increase in knowledge of their field, to be the best (fill in the blank) that they can be. The exact route that people may take to achieve this may vary, but there are a few important factors that are vital. The first is to study. To research and acquire knowledge of the field. This usually takes the form of time at a university. Another important factor is personal experience. You must become a participant within the field to gain first-hand experience. Lastly, on top of personal experience, it is also...

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Mentoring, Leadership, and Providing Feedback

By Spencer Maddox 5/30/17

Finding a mentor, providing and receiving feedback, and developing leadership traits are all critical for success at Tech and in your career. Leadership traits and feedback are especially important for group projects. Without leadership, and effective feedback, group projects can turn into a major headache. 

Developing mentor relationships are something I've struggled with so far at Tech. I understand the importance such as providing feedback, clearing up confusion about school, listening to students concerns, helping them manage jobs and...

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Mentoring, Leadership, and Feedback

by April Gadsby May 29, 2017

The Mentoring Guides for Students from the University of Washington describe the mentoring process from choosing a mentor or mentors, working effectively with a mentor, and how to address problems in the mentoring relationship. The mentoring relationship described seems very formal in that there are specific goals and work plans and co-authorship is discussed. Given that this is written for graduate students, it makes sense it could have a bias towards describing a mentorship that could be between a student and advisor. I think there are many...

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Infrastructure or Culture (A chicken and the egg dilemma)

By Anna Nord. May 23, 2017. 

When I tell people that I live in Atlanta and ride my bike to work, more often than not, they ask me if I'm suicidal.

Even though I've heard this over a hundred times, I still get offended by people's reactions because I'm actually trying to do quite the opposite. I continue to bike to work and to the grocery story because it allows me to incorporate more physical activity in my day and lead, what I believe is, a healthier lifestyle. It's true that the...

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Impressions of Cycling in Atlanta

I have been riding by bike in Atlanta on a regular basis for three years now and although I am a confident cyclist, there have been some close calls that could have led to accidents. The type of biking infrastructure that makes me the most nervous are unprotected bike lanes or lanes and shared lanes indicated by sharrows. There are several common situations where cars and bikes may come close to accidents. The first situation involves cars crossing the bike lane in order to enter a right turn lane. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a good diagram of this on their website.

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