No matter what field you work in, having a more experienced person to guide you, keep you accountable to your goals, and help you overcome obstacles is invaluable. In the bestselling book The Power of Moments, authors Chip and Dan Heath explain mentorship in two sentences: “I have high expectations for you and I know you can meet them. So try this new challenge and if you fail, I’ll help you recover.”
The research on the power of mentorship is clear: People with mentors advance their careers faster, perform better, and experience higher levels of work-life satisfaction. Analysis shows that mentors benefit from the relationship, too. Yet, despite these benefits, only one in three people is currently working with a mentor. Why? Because the process of actually finding and building a relationship with a mentor is nowhere near as clear.
MovingWorlds partnered with Harvard Business Review in January 2020 to create a guide for more effective mentor relationships. We elaborated on that guide, and also added new templates, which are now available to you for free below.