Dear Jane: My Mentor's Just Not Into Me

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:29

Dear Jane,

I have a mentor who was assigned to me through the firm’s formal mentoring program.  My mentor has never called me.

Signed,

Hoping and Waiting

 

Dear Hoping and Waiting,

You are not alone.  The issue you describe is a generational issue that has a negative impact on formal mentoring programs.  Both parties are expecting the other to reach out; after a while, the lack of any initiative on the other party’s front causes each to make a judgment about the other’s interest in a mentoring relationship.  It would be a shame to waste the opportunities afforded by your firm’s formal mentoring program.  Reach out to the person who has been assigned as your mentor and set up a meeting.  Come to the meeting with an agenda, even if it is a list of questions.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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