This article from Entrepreneur.com by Mel Carson ties into my theme for the week on mentoring - it is so important to identify mentors for any type of career and even for entrepreneurs.
When I was at McGraw-Hill Education, there was a women run mentoring group called "WINS" - Women's Initiative to Networking for Success and I was lucky enough to run the initiative for the 2 Penn Plaza location and we really had a wonderful group of women dedicated to both being mentors and being mentees. We invited girls from a local high school to come onsite and get partners to find out more about careers in publishing. We also had a corporate run initiative linking women to mentors in the organization to help grow careers and take next steps. I loved helping with WINS and it fit in well with my belief that mentoring helped so much in my career. I am lucky to have had great mentors and I do hope I have been and continue to be a great mentor to others.
Something to think about is that even though technology makes being in touch "easier" it can actually be harder to build these types of relationships where someone has a true vested interest in seeing you succeed for no other reason than to just know that they were some small part of that success. To have these relationships, it is important to also be invested in the success of your mentor and to try to provide help to them as well. We are all human and today's environments in Corporate America and even as entrepreneurs is 24/7 so we can use the help and the support of others most but we do not always want to be asked to do something for others - it has to be a two way street.
This article talks about not being afraid to ask and just as important is to provide support for your mentor, too. And to mentee others - so take on some mentors, too.
What do you think about having mentors in your career? If you are an entrepreneur, do you have a mentor? If no, do you think you could use one? Happy Hunting!
5 Tips for Finding and Keeping a Good Mentor
Lisa Vento Nielsen