Want to move your career forward? The Corporate Leadership Council surveyed CEOs from Fortune 500 companies to determine the factors that led to their success. One of the top 3 strategies that contributed to these leaders’ outstanding achievements was having a Mentor. These leaders reported it wasn’t what they knew but who they knew and could call on that directly contributed to their career success.
How to source a mentor: First, determine the leadership and core competencies you need to develop or strengthen. Then keep an eye out for leaders who excel in one or more of those areas. Approach them and ask for a quick coffee to “pick their brains” as they have an area of expertise that you would like to master. i.e. “I really respect your experience. Would you be available for a coffee with me to discuss …….’’ After the coffee, if you feel there’s a strong connection and you’ve picked up some valuable advice, thank them for their mentoring and ask if you can meet again.
Keep in mind that the old adage: “Heads down, work hard and you’ll get promoted’’ doesn’t work anymore. It’s now about producing outstanding results as well as building a strong circle of influence including great mentors. These mentors will help you close the gap between where you are right now and where you want to take your career.
Wishing you much career success,
Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional. She specializes in coaching professional and executive clients, and providing career advancement strategies. Copyright JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.
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