Don’t Choose A Mentor

By Glen Tullman

Don’t choose a mentor.

Despite the corporate world having encouraged mentorship for more than 35 years, it’s an outdated and imperfect model. In this fast-paced world filled with innovations and changing workplaces, you should redirect energy that would go to fostering a mentor relationship and instead find a personal board of advisors and develop a strong network that you own.

Early in my career, everyone was constantly talking about mentors—specifically how they could find the one who would change their lives. That single mentor who would give the advice, make the connections and offer the guidance that would accelerate a career. For some of my first colleagues, the search took on almost a messianic aspect: If only they could find the perfect mentor, they would be saved from a career stuck in middle management and instead be brought to the promised land of the senior executive ranks.

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