March 11, 2011 / 2:51 PM / 7 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Have more than one mentor

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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Aspiring executives tend to think of mentoring as a one-to-one relationship between a company veteran and an ambitious new employee.

But having a broader network of people to turn to can be a better approach, according to the Harvard Business Review.

The Harvard 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.

1. Rather than trying to find one ideal mentor, people should look for a diversity of people who can serve as a “personal board of directors” to guide them through their careers.

2. Develop a broad network of people to turn to through your career.

3. Think of mentoring as a long-term arrangement, so take the time to nurture relationships.

- Today’s management tip was adapted from “Demystifying Mentoring” by Amy Gallo.

For the full post, see: here

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