Do you have a mentor outside your organization?
Last week, we discussed internal mentors and why you should have one. Having a mentor outside your organization is also critical. Why? Simply because they are not part of your corporate culture.
- They will have a different view and can provide you perspective you wouldn’t otherwise have. Plus, it’s good to know what’s happening ‘out there’.
- They have no skin in the game. They are not competing with you internally; they have no conflicting agenda that might shade their advice to you.
- Life changes, business changes. If you should leave your company by choice or not, you need contacts and advocates and sounding boards who are not attached to your company and all the emotional baggage that may come with it.