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February 13, 2017

12 ways to get the most out of your mentor

I had many mentors throughout my career, and I selected each one with a definite purpose in mind.

Getting a return on investment from your mentors doesn’t happen through serendipity; it is the result of a methodical strategy executed day-in and day-out.

These 12 “mentor moves” paid off handsomely for me over my 3 decade career.

1. Try and move the relationship with your mentor to a 2-way one where over time they benefit and are not always the giver.

2. Engage regularly. Monthly. If you’re not with them continually you’re out of their mind. Take them for lunch; THAT is something they wouldn’t expect.

3. Share your achievements; wins and losses. Offer an analysis on why you have suffered a setback along with an action plan to correct.

4. Ask for advice on specific challenges in your work that you are facing, but present your solution for their comment. Bring your suggested solution to the table not a problem with an open “What do you think?” question.

5. Ask your mentor to refer you to their connections who might be able to help you.

6. Ask them to recommend networking events and organizations given your specific career goals.

7. Use “their eyes” for your resume. Ask them to review it and be overly critical.

8. Submit any major document you have prepared for their opinion. But don’t overload them; keep it brief and capture the salient points.

9. Connect with them on LinkedIn.  Invite their contacts to connect with you but only through a customized personalized invitation.

10. Know something personal about them; send them a note on special occasions you discover about them. Hand write the note don’t send an email, text or use social media remark.

11. Discover what they need and offer to support them in any way that you can. Your contribution may be modest but it’s the gesture that matters.

12. Honour them. Talk them up with respect to all of your friends and colleagues. Put positive energy in the universe and it just may be returned.

A mentor is an asset to you.

Manage them well.

And reap the rewards as your future unfolds.

Cheers,
Roy
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