Management Tip of the Day: Is it time to ditch your mentor?

BOSTON Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:22am EST

Khagendra Thapa (L) and his mentor and the President of Khagendra Foundation sit by the Fewa Lake in Pokhara West Nepal October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

Khagendra Thapa (L) and his mentor and the President of Khagendra Foundation sit by the Fewa Lake in Pokhara West Nepal October 12, 2010.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Replacing a traditional one-on-one mentor relationship with a team of people to regularly consult for advice and feedback may reflect modern reality, according to Harvard Business Review.

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"Mentorship is often touted as one of the primary means of furthering your career. But traditional one-on-one mentoring relationships may be a thing of the past.

In today's quickly changing world, you need a personal board of directors -- a group of people you consult regularly to get advice and feedback.

There's no need to hold monthly board meetings; just be sure to keep in touch and reach out when you need their individual counsel.

Choose diverse people who can each uniquely contribute to your thinking. Be sure to invite people who know more than you about something, are better than you are at something, or offer a different point of view."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Forget Mentors: Employ a Personal Board of Directors" by Priscilla Claman.

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