I spent an hour on the phone with Kevin Cobb today. I actually scheduled the meeting about a week and a half ago with his office assistant. I've learned over the last few years to get in good with whoever was in charge of his schedule. I guess I could call him directly, and sometimes I do. But, I have decided that I need to be respectful of his time. In fact, today when we talked he already had a good idea of the things that I was going to bring up. Between our conversations I usually send him a bunch of lengthy emails. All of the stuff that's going on in my life. All of the questions that I have. All of the frustrations that I have. All of the leadership questions that I have for him.
Before I knew it, the conversation had already come to about 54 minutes. How do I know that? I called him exactly at 11 AM, when we had our meeting scheduled. And at 11:54 he told me that he had another meeting that he had to get ready for. I couldn't believe where the time went.
We pretty much only got to about 1 1/2 of the items that I wanted to talk to him about. I usually set the stage with my questions for him, and then I just let him tell me the stuff that I need to change or get better at. It makes me wonder how people can live life without a mentor. I put so much time and effort into pursuing Kevin as my mentor that it is often frustrating because I know that no matter how much guidance he gives me, I am always left with wanting and needing more of his time.
So I guess that's my question. Who are the people in your life that you continue to pursue? Kevin is probably one of the most humble people that I know. The more I ask him his opinion and guidance, the more I understand that I need to be a leader like him. Who do you need to be like? And... what are you doing to make that happen?