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  • Writer's pictureChris Danek

A Different Perspective on Mentoring: We, Not You

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

by Chris Danek

If you’ve ever coached or mentored someone, you know that it is all about helping that person work on their individual performance and goals. Working one-on-one, I find myself using the word “You” a lot. I ask: How can you learn and grow? What strengths do you bring to your work? How can you work better with your team?

But over the past few years, I’ve shifted my focus to mentoring teams, not just individuals. And the difference is vast. Instead of advice for “You,” we think about how “We” as a team can pull together, combine our strengths, make the most of every individual, and get better results.

Teams have shared goals. We want to achieve something together, and we can only get there by considering each person’s individual strengths and our dynamic as a group. On a strong team, everyone has a voice. We each share our unique perspectives, and we all contribute meaningful work.

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Instead of one person’s individual push to make things better, it’s a collective pull to bring everyone together and get results.

We, not You.
Pull, not push.

In the world of medical devices, most product development work is done in teams. I’m energized by the opportunities to power those teams through team mentoring — we, not you.

Learn more about Bessel’s team mentoring programs. Are you looking for new ways to improve the performance of your teams, and to develop and retain your people? Email us at

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