SOCIAL CAPITAL: The Protege Checklist

The Protege ChecklistYou’ve heard it ad nauseam: “Get a mentor!” So you went out and got one. Now what???

Columnist Ross McCammon offers great advice for the successful protege in the March issue of Entrepreneur magazine. I love his savvy (and humor) so much I just had to share it with you:

  • Be eager.
  • Be affable.
  • Ask questions, but not too many.
  • Be complimentary, but not sycophantic.
  • Be solicitous, but not overeager.
  • Want the mentor’s job someday.
  • Be deferential.

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  • Don’t be clingy.
  • Be loyal, but not at the expense of one’s career.
  • Never say no.
  • Be as smart as, but not yet as wise as, the mentor.
  • Do not tweet at the mentor.
  • Do not give out the mentor’s email address.
  • Do not commit a crime for the mentor–but briefly consider it.

Further reading: “14 Questions to Ask Your Mentor”

photo by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget


6 Responses to SOCIAL CAPITAL: The Protege Checklist

  1. Nancy Hesch February 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Terrific advice, love the humor.

    • ann February 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Glad you found it useful!

  2. Nicole Lindsay February 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Why “Never Say No”? Can you expand on that one?

    • ann February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      Nicole, I can’t speak for Mr. McCammon, but I would surmise that his point revolves around “giving back” to the mentor for all her help. Tell me, what do you think about that one?

  3. Yvette October 16, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I entirely disagree with this approach, feed stereotypes, sustains discrimination against women, and provides terrible advise…never say no? Excuse me?

    • Ann Daly October 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      What approach do you prefer, Yvette?

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