How and Why to Find a Mentor | Psychology Today

A very good day start with this article from Alex Lickerman. Finding a mentor is a work in progress on my list and this article gave it a push forward.

First, in a true mentor-disciple relationship, the mentor, contrary to what many believe, is not intrinsically superior to the disciple. Human beings have a tendency to conceive of all relationships in terms of power and authority: all of us tend to think of other people as either superior, equal, or inferior to us. A mentor-disciple relationship, on the other hand, functions optimally only when both mentor and disciple consider themselves fundamentally equal. If they don’t, the greatest hope they share—that the disciple will surpass the mentor in accomplishment—will almost certainly never come to pass. For a disciple to learn most effectively from a mentor, he must resist the impulse to place the mentor on a pedestal and himself at the mentor’s feet, because if he refuses to believe that he can become as great as the mentor, he never will.

via How and Why to Find a Mentor | Psychology Today.


Keeping Great People with Three Kinds of Mentors – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review

To attract and retain great people, several things need to coalesce. From the extrinsic reward of a salary to the more nuanced (and more important) intrinsic reward of people feeling that they have a meaningful role, it requires thought and a proactive approach to keep talent once you’ve got it.

One of the most critical elements in retaining great people is effective mentoring. But what does that really mean?

via Keeping Great People with Three Kinds of Mentors – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review.