Mentors are important to your success as an administrative professional—and they are easier to find than you fear, says Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream, a firm that helps companies meet compliance standards.
Adopting mentors can be as easy as going up and asking them, Archambeau says. “What I found is that, especially if you’re young, when you go up to people and say, ‘Would you mind being my mentor?’ their eyes widen. They literally step back.”
In some cases, however, ideal mentors may not have time for a protégé, and will decline such a request if asked outright. Her suggested alternative: Simply start treating the person as a mentor, gradually winning her over. Ask for her advice, follow the advice, and report back to the person on how her wisdom brought results. This positively reinforces her advice-giving and creates a stronger relationship.
— Adapted from “How to Adopt Mentors Without Really Asking,” by Adam Bryant, The New York Times.