Earlier in my career, while working in a large company, I was assigned to a mentor. My mentor was an executive who worked in another area of the company. When I found out that I would have a mentor, I wasn’t sure what to think of the idea and how to make good use of it. At times, I found it awkward because I didn’t know what the rules were.
Over time, I became somewhat more comfortable and a relationship formed. Although it was like an arranged marriage, I knew I could reach out to him when I needed to. I now understand and value how I benefited from my experience of having a mentor; he was there for me not only when I asked for help but also, and more important, when I had to navigate through corporate politics.