The one question we think you should ask in an interview? "Do you have a mentoring program?" Your professional development depends on it.
One of my daily habits is to read one article at random, from a stack of magazines I keep in my home office. Yesterday, the article I picked was about the plot to destroy america's beer. What caught my attention was not the beer part but these lines "....Lemann thought Brito had potential. He agreed to pay for him to get an MBA at Stanford University....In 2004, Brito became CEO..." Brito, according to the story, met Lemann through a family friend, and adds that the 'two were well matched'. Brito proudly calls Lemann his mentor. Their meeting appears to be partly serendipity.
Mentorship is a critical opportunity to not only pass down knowledge, but cultivate emotional intelligence as well. At the beginning of every mentoring relationship, make sure to establish certain ground rules regarding trust, respect, integrity, and community. These soft skills will provide a strong foundation for a mentor to learn, grow, and prosper. Read more about why and how you can implement these principles here.
There are hundreds of attributes that make up successful individuals, but the seven in this article play the most important role in defining the success trajectory of a company. While everyone might experience setbacks here and there, it’s the founders who consider the health of the entire team and modify their behavior accordingly who make history.