A Visionary Leader or a Program Manager? – A Mentoring Story

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com A Lesson Learned I don’t believe that someone who has not had a series of superlative mentors can be a mentor. You have to be on the receiving end of mentoring before you can start giving back. That is why, after I came to learn this very important […]

Don’t Do What?

Dr. Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Mentoring is about helping a person to reclaim their life and find the true path – the one that they were made to travel. One of the major differences between mentoring my way and how many practice either mentoring or coaching is the agenda of the person […]

Partisanship – the Great American Swindle

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Those alive in the closing years of the second decade of the 21st century have a front row seat to the culmination of the largest and most effective swindle in human history. Not since the Middle Ages has the distribution of wealth and […]

If you are falling, dive

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It was a favorite saying of the Great American mythologists Joseph Campbell. Like most profound things, an initial interpretation is almost guaranteed to miss the point. It’s not about falling or diving at all. As with the Zen Koans, the saying is simply […]

Mentoring Means Charting the Course for Change and Then Making The Journey

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most of my mentoring clients come to me with some sort of change in mind. They are responding to a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Most want to change something about themselves or their lives. The depth and detail of understanding that they have […]

Shall you live authentically who you are meant to be – the beginning

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Shall you live authentically who you are meant to be or will you spend your allotted time living the life of someone you imagine yourself to be? No matter what the specific reasons are that brings a person to me seeking mentoring, the […]

Mentoring Change Aversion – Coming to Terms

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Change is the one unavoidable aspect of living. Time and our lot as humans see to that. A good way to see personal growth is as the process of responding positively to that change. We all know that the idea of change can […]

A Self-Serving Understanding That Misses the Point

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog The morning of the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice I arrived for a meeting in a building directly across the street from the ballpark. There was a massive police presence. The FBI teams were arriving. The press was mostly cordoned off to […]

The Elephant in the Room

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog I have been occasionally asked to “look” at a company that was stuck in a narrow range. The question is always close variation of ‘how do we grow, build a real company?’ The answer is frequently ‘you can’t’. What has recently taken my […]

Pure drivel tends to drive out ordinary drivel.

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Oh, for the good old days. When somebody said something that you found hard to believe, you looked them in the eye and asked about it. You gave them a chance to defend their position and, if you didn’t find that defense credible, you let them know. But […]

Train, Shoot Self in Foot, Run Marathon

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Most behaviors are patterns – recurring tendencies – rather than one-off acts. People tend to do the same thing over and over even though it generates unsatisfactory results. They don’t seem to be able to take the most common sense advice. If hitting yourself […]

Crossing the Boundary – Surviving the Experience

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It’s seldom the dog that you love that bites you it’s almost always the one you can barely tolerate. Many companies fail for reasons that have little to do with their core product or service. It is often the afterthoughts or ‘under-thoughts’ that […]

Ten Minutes That Will Change Your Life

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Sometimes mentoring is about teaching very simple techniques and helping a person turn them into habits. Its not that someone is unable to see what would be very productive or have the insight and energy to try a new way. Often it’s just […]

I’m Raising Money to Support Cancer Research With a Facebook Fundraiser

Read More From My Blog Donate Today and Support Those Fishing for Cures of Cancer Fishing Cures is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises money to support important medical research.100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Established in 1978, Moores Cancer Center is one of just 45 National Cancer […]

Working with a Mentor

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog People I meet at networking meetings often ask me ‘what is it like to work with a mentor?’ It has happened so often that I almost have it down to a regular patter. I try to help them understand the nature and purpose of […]

For every problem, there is a neat, plain solution

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com and it is always wrong. Read More From My Blog The structure of simpleminded solutions is always the same. Massive amounts of reality are sheared away, complexity ignored, subtlety abhorred and the principal project of organizing the remaining facts to ratify prejudice is all that is left. The […]

It works better if you plug it in.

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It’s a silly thing that defines most lives. The disconnect from the fundamental fact of being alive. It’s as if life was a blender or some other appliance and we spend our time wondering why it’s not working. We press this button or […]

Your Life as a Work in Progress

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One of the first steps in my mentoring engagements is to have the client begin to understand that their life is a work in progress. The deeper we get into it, the more detailed that understanding becomes. Then there is the recognition […]

What’s in a Name?

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog The initial focus of my mentoring engagements centers around the words that an individual use to describe themselves. I generally start with a detailed self-assessment. The process tells me a great deal about how a person sees themselves and the labels that they choose. […]

Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you won’t either.

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog You know, there is something to that. But there is also something beyond that. A fundamental insight into the experience of being alive. Every living thing that has existed or will exist shares in a basic experience – that of continuance. All have […]

Talking to Yourself Authentically

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Item One Have you ever had this experience? You meet with someone for the first time. First thing you know you’re listening to their elevator speech. They go on about the business that they’re in and the latest deal there working on. They […]

Climbing a Ladder That Leads to a Hole in the Ground

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog There is a sea change going on among millennials and the rest of us should pay close attention to it. The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 […]

Anything is possible, but nothing is easy. Not any more!!

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It’s an old saying and it used to be true. As children, when we were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, we responded with all sorts of possibilities. Some of us wanted to be firemen or policemen. Others […]

The Fabric of Friendship

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog The other day I was leading a discussion focused on the ways that the digital revolution was impacting relationships. The group of eighteen were evenly divided between those under thirty and those over – with two in the latter group over sixty. About […]

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