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Challenge your worldview. At the same time, you
can learn a lot from someone with a different
perspective. "You won't learn or grow much unless
you face your flaws and ignorance of some of the
world around you," marketing exec Cedric Chambaz
advises in Entrepreneur. "Find a mentor who will
challenge your thinking and show you there might
be a different way to approach a problem, or an
additional potential one you never knew existed."
Choose someone who shows interest. "If someone
naturally takes a special interest in you, you've found
gold," notes Stanford University business professor
Joel Peterson on LinkedIn. "Cherish it as a lifechanging gift."
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Search for positivity. The ideal mentor should see
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Seek a teacher type. Find someone who seems
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Look for two-way conversation. Avoid any potential
mentor who likes to hear herself talk but has little
interest in what you're saying - and won't let you
get a word in for questions or comments.
Value the truth. Partner with someone willing and
able to tell you the truth about yourself - even if
that's painful. Transparency is more valuable than
kindness in viable business mentorships.
Factor in networks. In a perfect world, your mentor
will have established a network of valuable contacts,
some of whom she may be willing to share with you.
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16 w o m e n i n b u s i n e s s
* Deloitte, The 2016 Board Diversity
Census of Women and Minorities
on Fortune 500 Boards
** Catalyst, Women CEOs of the
S&P 500 (2017)