corporate culture

Career Wellness Checkup #16

Do you have a mentor inside your organization?

Mentors are an important factor cited in study after study on career success.  If you are committed to your career success, you should not ignore the power of mentoring.

I’m not talking about waiting for your organization to tap you on the shoulder and offer you a place in a formal mentoring program (if it even has one).  A mentor can be formal or informal, long-term or short-term, broad or narrow-focused.  Yes, I’m using the term ‘mentor’ very broadly.

Formal mentoring programs can offer fantastic opportunities for growth, but what if the tap never comes?  And, even if it might some day, why wait?  Whether you use formal or informal channels, make having a mentor from inside your organization a priority.

Having mentors inside your organization is important because they are operating in the same world you are. They will be more familiar with the corporate culture, policies and processes, which can be of great help to you in navigating them. They also may end up serving as an advocate for you internally, and goodness knows, we can never have too many advocates.

CWC #5

Do you know the unwritten rules of success in your workplace?

If you’re not sure, you don’t. In order to know them, you have to pay attention. You have to observe which behaviors get rewarded and which don’t. Sometimes they’re in alignment with the corporate values statement or policies and sometimes they’re not. Sounds like one big grey area, right? Well, yes. Which is why many people get tripped up. But pay attention to those who have already attained success in the organization. How do they operate?  They’ve figured it out the unwritten rules and you might too, if you observe them.  Also, if you’ve got an internal mentor, or someone else you trust, even better. Why not ask them?