Asking for it is also wonderful.
I recently sought out my VPGM to ask him about my career path. In the big scheme of things, his desk is where I want to end up, I figured he was the perfect person to go to for advice on my 'next steps'. I'm not looking to move any time soon (6 months in my current position and still tons I want to do there).
What I got far exceeded my simple expectations. I had development steps to take with my Director and about half an hour of our VP's time showing me the big keys of what I need to learn now (which is another big item on my 'to do' list).
Budget season progresses, and I am on the path. Visits today to our insource group for purely personal reasons gave me some additional contact on the professional items that will have a big impact on that budgeting. Good stuff. Way good stuff.