Your Career Needs Many Mentors, Not Just One
by Dorie Clark
These days everyone knows that finding a mentor is valuable. But itâs increasingly rare that we actually have one. In an in-depth study of professional service firms, Harvard Business School professor Thomas DeLong and his colleagues discovered: âEveryone we spoke with over age 40 could name a mentor in his or her professional life, but younger people often could not.â They noted, âJunior professionals joining a firm 20 years ago could count on the partners treating them like protÃ©gÃ©s.â Today, job turnover, layoffs, and increased bottom-line pressures have taken a hatchet to that âimplicit agreement.â The answer isnât to give up on finding a mentor, howeverâitâs ...