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In that epic Greek poem, the hero Odysseus entrusts his son to his friend Mentor while fighting the Trojan War. During this time, Mentor cares for and nurtures the young boy. Our notion of a mentor has evolved since Homer laid pen to parchment.
While mentorship is widely associated with young men and women seeking advice from elders, more experienced executives are now seeing out professional coaching services due to the challenges of digital disruption. Executives are right to seek this help. Across 15 industries, ranging from manufacturing to energy, 47 percent of CEOs are challenged to make progress in digital business, according to a study from Gartner.
But too many organizations are missing a key ingredient in their coaching programs.
It comes down to this: All mentors can coach, but not all coaches can mentor. Seek out a program that delivers what Homer wrote all those years ago — a true mentor who will nurture and support your growth over the long term. Mentorship, like marriage, only works when both sides are committed to the relationship. Too many coaching programs give little thought to the pairing process.
The Atlantic notes that some even outsource mentoring duties to consultants rather than executives who have been in the shoes of the mentee. A growing of institutions are taking a different approach that pairs academia and mentorship. Rather than asing each mentor a student, pairings at Columbia play out similarly to a sports draft.
Each mentor selects a student based on individual business plans the students create.
When a mentor chooses you out of any of applicants, they are more likely to be invested in your success. Think of it like a corporate board. The ones who are most productive are those whose members have defined roles, ased to the individuals most suited to those tasks.
They have clearly defined responsibilities and, most importantly, are working on something with which they have a strong connection. The same is true with mentors.
An effective mentor prepares their student for all aspects of business, including the important step of presenting a technology solution to internal executive boards or venture capitalists. This is where a true mentor can make all the difference. Like Odysseus, executives are fighting a war.
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