We choose our mentors or they choose us. In either case, your decision to participate in mentoring needs to be deliberate and well thought out so that you can make the most of the opportunity. Mentor selection is critical to achieving successful outcomes. The natural tendency is to zero in on chemistry when meeting with prospective mentors. If the chemistry doesn’t feel right the inclination is to go no further. Rather than rely on chemistry alone, I recommend using a criteria-based decision-making model. It can help you make good choices and avoid those that don’t support your talent and capability or are not otherwise in your best interest. Even if there are better choices, it ...

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