Dear Jane: I Don't Have Time to be Mentored

by 352admin 28. February 2013 12:06

Dear JaneDear Jane,

The women’s affinity group at my firm is initiating a formal mentoring program for the women associates.  I don’t have time to do one more thing.  Plus, I don’t want to be involved in a “remedial” effort.


I’m Doing Fine On My Own


Dear I’m Doing Fine On My Own,

You don’t mention whether you have effective mentors at the firm already.  If not, you are exactly the demographic that the new program was created to assist.  Formal programs can be effective “bridges” for participants from no mentoring relationships to effective informal mentoring relationships.  Having effective mentors and coaches has material return on investment with regard to your development and promotion.  Reexamine the things you are spending your time on and evaluate whether there is a way to reprioritize so that you can take advantage of this opportunity.  It should not be a major time commitment – a couple of hours a month.

If you already have effective mentors, congratulations and feel free to forego this program for those who will benefit more.

I this program just isn’t for you, decline, but do so without judging those who created it or those who participate.

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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