Management Tip of the Day: Get to know your mentor

Mon Feb 6, 2012 10:42am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Getting a mentor is great, but once you do so it's important to get the relationship off on the right foot, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Once you've secured a mentor, kick off the relationship the right way. Here are three things you can do as a mentee to help create a successful partnership:

1. Get to know your mentor. Don't immediately ask for advice. Take the time to acquaint yourself with your adviser. Ask questions about her experience and working style, and share in return.

2. Air concerns. You may be nervous about admitting your mistakes and fears. Establish an expectation of confidentiality up front, and remember this discretion should be mutual.

3. Set milestones. To gauge progress, set goals and chart a path to achieve them. To expedite the process, draft a list of milestones and ask your mentor for feedback."

- Today's management tip was adapted from the book, "Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need."

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