Finding Role Models for People Young and Old

December 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

Many parents, employers, and young entrepreneurs are looking for role models for their kids, staff and themselves.  Where to start? Here is one idea:  Role Models on Paper from the new beta site: The Hot Mommas Project free case study library. Below you will find more on the project, as well as suggested exercise for parents, educators, and young entrepreneurs.

The Hot Mommas® Project produces curricula for dynamic female leaders. However, as you will see below that the cases are appropriate for both young men and women seeking role models.  On of the main reasons is the  award-winning case studies  showcase not only successful business practices, but also successful personal practices including the identification of leadership abilities and work-life balance strategies. The project is  housed at the George Washington University School of Business.  The project is popular in the social media community – hence the edgy name – and allows instructors the opportunity to connect with case protagonists on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other pages.

Suggested Exercise:

Need a student or young adult to tap into their potential? As  a creative extra credit assignment or family book club, have your young role model write their own mini case study (500-1500 words). Use the case study wizard at www.HotMommasProject.org beta site (About). Here is what to do:

  1. Prep the student with the template at the bottom of this page.
  2. Have students choose “Create a new case” at www.HotMommasProject.org (must be 18 or older).
  3. Women choose “F” and men choose “M” in their profile.
  4. Move through the case wizard steps, click “publish at the end.”
  5. Go to “Case Library”, click “View” and send you the link as proof they have completed their case study.

Bonus: If their case study is good enough, they could be published in a top Prentice Hall textbook, other media outlets, plus receive thousands of dollars in  prizes as part of the case study competition through January 31.  See judging criteria.

For more information, click this post.

To nominate your young role model, click this post.

For virtual coaching, click here.

Here are two examples of case studies by students/young adults.

http://www.hotmommasproject.org/caseview.aspx?id=81

http://www.hotmommasproject.org/caseview.aspx?id=80

Alternative exercise:

Sign in at www.HotMommasProject.org and select 5 cases to read.  Answer the following questions:

1. Which is your favorite, and why?

2. Which person is the strongest professional role model, and why?

3. Which person is the strongest personal role model, and why?

4. Do you think it’s possible for someone to be both a personal and a professional role model? Discuss.

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