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Your Mentor and You

Getting the most from career counselors

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You face an important ­decision in your career and don’t know what to do. You’re in a difficult work ­situation and are under a lot of pressure. Your confidence is low, and encouragement from others just doesn’t cheer you up. Your world seems to be coming to an end. You need a mentor.

A mentor is someone who shows you the ropes. He or she is usually a bit older than you and in a more senior ­position, ­perhaps in your organization or in your professional ­society network. A mentor can even be a close friend or relative. I’ve benefited in my career from a half-dozen mentors, ­including Bud (at work), Kim (an alum, still a mentor), and my Uncle Joe (who helped me buy my first car and my first house).

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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