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Finding a Mentor - The 12 point checklist

Extract from ‘Don’t Say I Never Told You’ Series 2

-A guide to life from a loving father to his millennial daughters

Only the foolish venture forward, without having a mentor supporting them, from behind the scenes. In business, many costly failures could have been averted if advice had been sought from a trusted and wise mentor.  The key is the selection (and use) of your mentor/adviser and realizing that just because you have asked once, this does not preclude a second or third request for help. Jack Welch indicated that you should have a cluster of mentors, as one will never be enough. This checklist will help you find a mentor within your circle of contacts.

  1. Understands the sector I am in

  2. Has reached a senior position, not necessarily a CEO

  3. Has had a broad career experience

  4. Has a quick and incisive mind

  5. A person who knows me quite well

  6. A person I look up to and respect

  7. Normally significantly older than you

  8. Is well connected

  9. Is well respected by others

  10. Is well read

  11. Is patient and tolerant

  12. Is accessible and commits to making meeting dates

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