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4 Tips For A Great Mentoring Relationship

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

Michelle Randall, a management consultant, speaker and author, recently blogged about how to make the most of your relationship with your mentor. Although she admits that she is a lousy mentee, she knows how to be a great mentor.

I have found mentors to be essential in my own professional career development and I now enjoy mentoring recent college grads or MBAs, said Leilani Doyle, vice president for marketing and product management at US Dataworks. Mentoring can result in lifelong relationships. It is a great way to learn about yourself and how to do business and keep up with current practices.

Here's a quick wrap-up of Randall's advice:

  1. Use them. Mentors have opinions and insights that you don't. They've also committed themselves to the process and want to be a resource. You're not a burden. Call them.

  2. Don't just do everything they say, engage. You're likely to discover gaps in your own thinking. Don't forget to listen and make sure you understand their point.

  3. Tell them about problems you're having. Mentors have been there, too. Share the mess and the unknowns to get battle-tested advice on how to clean it up.

  4. Give them plenty of time to help you. Don't ask for help at the last minute.

Source: Fast Company, February 2012