If you’re like me, when you recount your path or career milestones there are many individuals you can clearly attribute support that led to success. They may not have been labeled as a mentor, but he or she may have filled that role. While a mentor can provide invaluable advice, most importantly they are giving guidance on how to evaluate decisions and circumstances for yourself.
It’s difficult to find time for a mentoring relationship in today’s frantic business environment. Whether you’re the mentor or you’re seeking a mentor, the issues remain the same: It’s difficult to identify a potential relationship, it may be hard to make the request and it’s nearly impossible to find enough time to dedicate to the endeavor.
If you’re seeking a mentor, here are a few tips for finding the right fit and how to make it worth your time and effort.
When considering becoming a mentor, it’s easy to think that the mentees get all the value. However, it is a two-way experience. I believe that everyone has a story, and within it are things that we can learn from. Here are tips for mentors to make the most of their time with a mentee.
When someone asks for your time and attention in mentoring, take it seriously. This is part of someone’s growth strategy. It’s OK to not have time in your life for this commitment and it’s always OK to say “no.” But help redirect the person to someone who may have more time or be a better fit for the person’s needs. We’ve all needed a little guidance at some point, and now might be the time to pay it forward.
Be dynamic in all you do.