Not All Mentoring Efforts work out as planned. Like all human relationships, they have their ups and their downs. Fortunately, some of the downs, or traps, can be prevented. Just as forewarned is forearmed in coaching and counseling, so too it is with mentoring. You can maximize the benefits of mentoring top talent and avoid potential problems by being aware of the problems that can arise in mentoring. Formal mentoring programs even go so far as to acknowledge this possibility. Often, such programs include, as a part of an agreement between mentor and protégé, an “out clause” that allows either party to put an end to the relationship without any needed explanation.