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Weekly Resources from the Catalyst Community: Week of July 14th

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Read, Watch, Listen, a curated Collection of resources and stories from around the web

Welcome to our weekly showcase featuring a curated selection of valuable resources shared by our community. We explore various topics, including professional development, diversity, equity, and mentorship. We enjoy sharing these resources and hope they will benefit you as much as they have benefitted us.

Even though mentorship programs are essential to the growth of young professionals, most of these programs fail employees from marginalized communities. Research shows that 71% of executives choose to mentor employees of the same gender or race. This article from the Harvard Business Review discusses the disparity that could be addressed if more companies prioritize “bridge mentorships,” or mentorships that intentionally connect diverse individuals to help level the playing field and provide more equal opportunities.

In this Ted Talk, Cohen Bradley discusses the importance of weaving a cultural legacy through storytelling. He shares his own experiences as a member of the Haida nation and how their weaving tradition was the foundation of their society. He also emphasizes the importance of collective legacy and passing on stories and traditions to future generations.

In this episode of Modern Mentor, Rachel Cooke discusses how to decide whether to pursue a new job opportunity. She suggests asking questions such as whether the role aligns with your values, how it will fit into your career story, and whether you can imagine enjoying and succeeding in the work. She also encourages listeners to consider the stakes in making a decision and trust their gut instincts.

According to an article by David Cancel, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so it's important to choose wisely. This applies to friends, family, teammates, the books you read, and podcasts you listen to. Surrounding yourself with positive, motivated people can boost your own performance, while negative influences can have the opposite effect. To shape your reality, be mindful of who you surround yourself with and choose your role models and mentors wisely.

Do you have what it takes to become an effective team manager? In this week's article from the Collaboratory, we discuss the three steps you can take to start building the skills you need to succeed. Personal growth, effective communication, and taking on new challenges are essential for future team managers' continuous learning and development.

Thanks for reading! If you have any interesting resources we should share in our next roundup, let us know at [email protected].

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