One year and two promotions later, Tori B., Branch Rental Manager in St. Louis can attest to the importance of participating in the Formal Mentor Program – thanks in large part to some friendly pressure from her co-workers.
After comparing personality test results, Tori was paired with her mentor, Lindsey W., Group Daily Rental Manager in St. Louis. Lindsey, who has worked for Enterprise for 11 years, is not new to the mentor program.
“I know the value of the program from my own experience,” says Lindsey. “I had great mentors as a Branch Manager, and those relationships are still helpful to this day. Being a part of this program is my time to pay it forward and help others navigate their careers.”
Meetings with a purpose
“After learning about the mentor program I knew I wanted to be part of it,” explains Tori. “I was looking forward to lessons I could apply to my career immediately. Lindsey opened my eyes to things I didn’t know about the business.”
Lindsey led the duo’s monthly meetings – whether over lunch, at work or during a pedicure – with great intention and purpose.
“We talked about goal-setting, navigating tough conversations, career steps and sometimes about life in general,” says Lindsey. “Different conversations and trainings made our time together very valuable and successful.”
Fruit of the labor
Tori says one of her biggest takeaways from conversations with Lindsey was learning how to motivate employees.
“Lindsey is highly respected within our Operating Group,” says Tori. “I observed how she interacts with everyone at the branches and learned how to talk to people and gain respect.”
Another important lesson for Tori was focusing on a balanced lifestyle and refreshed perspective on prioritizing.
“Lindsey sets priorities by identifying the most important family and work events she wants to attend,” explains Tori. “Then she organizes and manages her calendar based on those priorities – balancing both work and life events.”
“My goal for mentees is to grab two or three takeaways during our meetings to use in their business,” says Lindsey. “It’s been fun to watch Tori take the fruit of our labor and turn it into action.”