Develop Your Criteria
Choosing a mentor can be a big decision for any employee. Without a structured plan of action and a good understanding of what to do, it becomes very easy to just choose someone you know or succumb to the influence of others. The end result is you may or may not get the best possible mentor for youself at this point in time.
So, let’s look at some different types of criteria for you to consider and see if we can put together a better way to select your mentor. Before you start identifying your criteria in writing, think about the most successful mentors, managers, leaders, business owners, or other people in business. When you identify the ones you perceive as being the best at what they do, what are you thinking about? Do they make great decisions, have many valuable business contacts, the ability to speak skillfully, or visionary perception? It could be any number of things that pop into your head.
Now, with some of those thoughts still fresh in your mind, what is it you would like a mentor to be able to do for you? Are there skills, attributes, characteristics, talents, knowledge, experience or information they have that you would like to acquire? Write down what is most important to you in choosing a mentor.
As an added benefit, what you identify in writing will be part of your overall objective that you set during your mentoring relationship. Without it, pretty much anything that happens will seem okay until you evaluate the mentoring relationship at the end when it’s over, when you realize you didn’t accomplish nearly as much as you could have.