Ten Questions to Help You Choose a Mentor

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-02-2012
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No matter how high you are on the corporate ladder, there’s always a value in having a mentor or a trusted partner who can help you navigate through the twists and turns of your career. Even accomplished CEOs say they need a helping hand or some good advice every once in a while. But how to you know if a mentor or respected peer is the right kind of advisor for you? In the recent book, "The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don’t" (Barnegat Press/Available in October), author Brian Gast examines these relationships in-depth. Gast advises executives to align themselves with an accountability partner or mentor based on your goals. How can you avoid making the wrong choice? Gast offers the following questions that you should ask yourself before moving forward. Gast is president/founder of Quadrant Corp., an executive coaching/leadership development firm that has worked with clients such as Cisco, Stryker and Roche Pharmaceuticals.

6. “Can you articulate firm, concrete expectations with this person?”
Setting concrete goals with timelines helps frame conversations and anticipate progress.

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Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 

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