By Kristy Grant-Hart
“I read this article that said I should have something to give the person I want to be my mentor. But seriously – what do I have to give? I’m a junior person at the company – why would the VP ever consider mentoring me?” Mentors can be the most important people in your career. They can introduce you to more senior folks, champion you to the higher-ups, help you to see things differently, and give you advice so you can avoid learning lessons the hard way.
Getting a mentor seems easy in theory but can be difficult in practice. It takes vulnerability to ask for help and advice, and humility to be willing to listen. Potential mentors tend to be busy people. After all, you wouldn’t be seeking mentoring and advice from someone who wasn’t already highly successful. Here are four rules to ensure your success when approaching a potential mentor. [Read more…]