Mike & Mark,

I have recently joined a company (6 months) in a management roll working with two sales V.P.’s. Being that they are both my boss, I didn’t want to propose mentorship as I work closely with them on a daily basis.

What are your thoughts on going outside my department to another V.P. or, to go out on a limb, the CEO for mentorship? I want don’t want to step over anyone or make it appears has if I’m trying to play political games. We have several dynamic individuals that I think would be a great fit.

Thanks for your wonderful service.


jwyckoff's picture

It all depends on *what* you want mentoring on.

Do you want mentoring on project management skills? If the VP outside of your org has great PM skills -- go for it.

I need mentoring on improving my interpersonal skills. There are people in my church that I would LOVE to have as my mentor in this area.

Think about what you want out of the mentoring, then find people who demonstrate that well.

Mark's picture

Almost without question a mentor should be outside of your area and/or chain of command. It's fine.

NOT the CEO. Too smarmy.