When a manger and employee have the correct working relationship, employees always learning and managers always teaching, ,it’s up to each individual to maintain it, as well as to pursue it with consistency and assurance.
Don’t wait for an official mentoring program opportunity. Instead, look for someone who has the kind of leadership wisdom you admire, and start asking them questions.
Explore with them the possibility of creating a mentoring relationship, one that might be mutually interesting. Consider also requesting a trial mentoring period so you both can evaluate the benefits.
In my work with high potential people, http://www.dianagabriel.com/procoaching.php, I encourage my clients to find at least one maybe two mentors. I have recognized that almost all relationships benefit from someone more skilled and experienced in their organizations. A lot of time and energy can be saved by having a good mentor who can point you in the right direction.
What’s been your experience with mentoring? I’d love to hear from you.