Do you want to be more successful? Find a mentor!
Studies consistently show that one of the best ways to
propel your career forward is to find someone to help guide you. Here are my 6 "DON'TS" to getting started
with a great mentor relationship:
Don't delete this email because you don't think it applies
Mentors are valuable whether you are just starting out in
your career or you are a seasoned and accomplished professional. We all grow faster with the guidance of
- Don't forget to give serious thought to what you want from
It's a given that you want your mentor to be someone you respect and admire,
but you also want someone who can help you with specific goals (i.e. help
getting promoted, gaining industry expertise, navigating a male-dominated
field, etc.). No mentor will meet all of
your needs, but it's important that they have the strengths necessary to
support your professional priorities.
- Don't choose a close friend (or someone else who won't give
you honest feedback).
The most successful professional won't be of much help to
you if they can't candidly tell you what skills you need to develop or how you
might have handled a situation differently.
- Don't hesitate to look outside your organization.
While there are great advantages to having a mentor who
understands your company culture, sometimes the best fit is someone outside your organization. Consider everyone in
your network including former colleagues, LinkedIn connections and people you
know from professional associations.
- Don't just ASK someone to be your mentor.
After you've spent some time considering what will make this
relationship valuable to you, schedule a coffee or short meeting with the
person you would like to be your mentor. Mentor/mentee relationships tend to develop naturally over time.
- Don't forget to make it a two-way street.
The best mentor/mentee relationships are those which are mutually
beneficial. Keep your expectations
reasonable in terms of the time and energy your mentor can provide, and find
opportunities where you can be a resource and support as well.
Faun Zarge helps people find solutions for their work-life challenges.
She offers her practical, realistic strategies through a wide variety of highly interactive and engaging seminars. Please feel free to contact Faun directly to discuss how she might help your organization.