Chapter 8

Starting and Maintaining Relationships with Mentors

by Lew McCreary

Years ago, I failed to go out and get the mentoring I needed. I was then in the midst of my first magazine launch. I had always worked on the editorial side of the company, with little exposure to sales and marketing. Nonetheless, I claimed for myself the grand dual title of editor in chief and publisher—wanting a stake in the magazine’s business future, not just its content. My boss, despite some skepticism, indulged me. But soon enough, I recognized that I was in over my head and would benefit from the guidance of someone with sales acumen and objective distance from my business unit’s maverick culture. I even picked out an especially good candidate: a seasoned executive ...

Get HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.