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The Five Types Of Mentors You Need

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The Five Types Of Mentors You Need
You can’t expect one person to be able to give you all the career guidance you need. Here are the people you need on your team.

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Types Of Mentors: The Coach

Types Of Mentors: The Coach

At times, we need someone to help us think through difficult problems.

A good coach doesn't solve your problems. They listen to what you say and ask questions to uncover the cause of those problems. They may suggest different perspectives and strategies you have not considered.

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Types Of Mentors: The Star

Find people who have the career you desire. Spend time with them and get to know how they operate, what they think about, how they prepare for events.

Listen to their advice, but keep in mind that successful people often miss large parts of what really helped them to succeed. So, don't try to ask for a winning recipe. Instead, watch what they do.

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Types Of Mentors: The Connector

It is who you know in life that helps you move forward.

To ensure you build up your own list of contacts, find people around you who know everyone and ask them to help you with introductions.

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Type Of Mentors: The Librarian

As you navigate in your organization and the community around it, you need to know the resources that are available to help you.

There is usually someone around you who knows how to do almost anything in your organization. Ensure you make time to also hang around these people.

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Type Of Mentors: The Teammate

Sometimes you will have a difficult time. It is helpful to have someone who understands you and where you are in your career.

Find someone who will listen and lend a sympathetic ear but also remind you that tomorrow is another day.

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A Good Mentee

A Good Mentee

Having the right mentor or ‘Guru’ in our life can change one's entire trajectory. It’s common to see people labelled as good mentors, but rare for anyone to make themselves into good mentees.

Characteristics Of Mentorability

  1. Valuing the most precious resource being provided by the mentor: Time.
  2. Being clear about one’s expectations and objectives, so that the most suitable and effective guidance is provided.
  3. Being open to input, advice, criticism and feedback, ready to hear things you wouldn’t normally want to hear.
  4. Expressing Gratitude.
  5. Self-assessing yourself as a good mentee, committing to the partnership.
  6. Expecting the unexpected, and learning from it.

Mentoring

... is not about negotiating with someone to teach you, but a two-way street. It takes time to build that connection needed to be able to teach and learn.

Mentor #1: The Master of Craft

They are like actual Jedi masters who possess wisdom acquired from experiences.

Turn to this person when you need advice about launching a new initiative or brainstorming where you should work next

Mentor #2: The Champion of Your Cause

They could not just be your personal mentor but could also be your link to other useful people in the industry.