When I think of a mentor, I picture someone wise and introspective, doling out profound, punchy nuggets of wisdom. Think Yoda in “Star Wars:” “Do or do not. There is no try.”
In reality—a place often markedly different from the movie reel of my mind—mentors can provide much more practical advice, whether that be organizational tips to get you through the day or overall guidance to propel you forward in your career. And getting one is as easy as asking, according to Sally Glick, of the CPA and business consulting firm Sobel & Co.
Glick said having a mentor can be especially important for women. If your organization does not have a mentorship program in place, Glick advised identifying someone whom you admire and respect, either in or outside your company, and ask if they would be willing to serve as your mentor. Lay out your expectations for what that relationship would entail and see if they are willing to help. Glick said that, more often than not, the answer is yes.
Here's my story on the importance of mentorship among women in business.