JLL Academy: 4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor

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“Own the change and create it.” John Gates, CEO, Markets, Americas kicked off the annual JLL Academy last month in San Diego. At Academy, current and future JLL leaders are given a chance to network and build relationships at every level of the organization, and develop new skills in an environment that fosters growth through mentorship.

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Keynote speaker, Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations with the Chicago Cubs, speaking on how culture is the most important differentiator of an organization.

This year’s focus was the winning way, in line with JLL’s new brand message. The winning way begins with an investment in leadership development. Each speaker related their success and winning ways back to strong leadership, the willingness to take chances and be innovative, and strong collaboration among their teams. The hallmark achievements of Academy are the mentorship relationships that develop out of it.

So, with some help from Tampa leaders Gary Godsey and Brent Miller, we’ve compiled our top four tips for successful mentorship relationships, honed from years of practice. These tips apply to both mentors and mentorees, as a successful mentorship relationship should always be a two-way street.

  1. Don’t expect answers, look for guidance. A mentor does not exist to teach what could be learned in a text book. The duty of a mentor is to nurture and guide greater professional development through leadership skills, relationship-building and experiential learning.
  2. Be curious. As a mentoree, remaining curious (about everything) will lead to the most growth, in perhaps unexpected places. But the most productive and mutually beneficial relationships will develop when both parties are perpetually inquisitive and open.
  3. Don’t be afraid to work with someone not like you. While it is very easy to develop a relationship with someone that operates the same way that you do, there is so much that can be learned from understanding a point of view different from your own. This works both ways in the relationship.
  4. Maintain a positive, working relationship. Don’t let your mentorship relationship be limited to a once a quarter phone call. Keep lines of communication open and make a habit of texting, calling, emailing whenever something important, or not important, comes up. That way, you’ll be most comfortable with each other from the start when it comes to tough conversations.
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Incredible keynote speakers took turns inspiring the crowd of over 1,200 throughout the week. Pictured: Americas CMO Jill Kouri and Americas Markets CEO John Gates

As John Gates describes it, the winning way at JLL is a focus on the best people, the best culture, the best platform and as a result, the best clients. At the end of the day, he said, JLL wants “clients with big visions and big goals,” just like the people that work here.

This investment in developing leaders is just one of the reasons JLL Tampa was selected as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work awards program. We see that investment pay off in numerous ways.

 

Gary GodseyGary Godsey, Executive Vice President

Gary Godsey is an Executive ​Vice President sharing responsibility in the daily oversight of the Tampa office operations, collaboration among JLL’s integrated service offerings and focus on implementing the company’s growth strategy in the Tampa Bay region.​  Additionally, he handles transaction management services for office tenants both locally and nationally and is responsible for managing the North American real estate portfolio for Gerdau, the international office requirements for Research Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., as well as a number of local based companies. Email Gary.

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Brent Miller, Executive Vice President

Brent Miller is an Executive ​Vice President sharing responsibility in the daily oversight of the Tampa office operations, collaboration among JLL’s integrated service offerings and focus on implementing the company’s growth strategy in the Tampa Bay region.​​ Additionally, he is responsible for managing lease and purchase transactions for office users in Central Florida. Brent specializes in property acquisition, disposition and lease restructuring on behalf of his clients. Brent exclusively represents office and warehouse tenants in lease and purchase transactions, as well as disposition requirements. Email Brent.

 

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