This story just came in from Jeff at Microsoft:
“My GTY story actually started a couple of years ago, but I didn’t know that’s what it was called.
I have a co-worker who is a peer of mine in another group and we work closely on various projects. For a person of her age (she is the same age as my daughter) I think she has a lot of potential and I have always felt she is capable of so much more. After reading your book and listening to the videos here, I realized that she has been and continues to be, my GTY project. It has also allowed me to put a name to some of the things we have been doing.
I realize now that the more I try to help her, the more I have to learn myself (Expand Yourself). It drives me to learn more so I can share more. I decided a couple of years ago to support her as much as I possiblly could (Give Yourself). I have never, ever thought of her as competition, although she certainly could be, but I have never held back helping her and I would love nothing more than to see her excel well beyond what I have been able to do. I certainly know she is capable.
Lately I have been trying to encourage her and make opportunities available to her to help her expand her circles of influence (Replicate Yourself). I know that she has so much potential to be a positive role model to so many other young professionals and I am encouraging her to take those steps. What I enjoy the most is that this is not just a professional relationship. It has a such a deep and personal level and I know that we will be connected for the rest of our lives. I have never been one to have really long term friendships and it is great to see this be a by-product of my GTY.
Thanks for helping me put a name and face to this relationship. Also, you have inspired me to take on many more GTYs. The fortunate part is that there are so many potential GTYs available. Choosing is the toughest part, but also the most exciting.
Terrific, Jeff! Now that you have a name for what you’ve already been doing, you’ll see how much easier it’ll be to recognize those other GTY possibilities. Now, I strongly encourage you to talk about this with your current GTY, and get her commitment to do the same thing with someone else.