Stanford University

Balancing Act: Workplace mentoring boosts careers, skills and retention

After 10 years in the workforce, Edward Cruz wanted someone to guide him on his career path, an experienced professional who could provide objective advice. Cruz, director of career development at the University of Miami, took a bold step. He called a senior leader he met at an industry conference and asked him to be his mentor, offering the man the opportunity to benefit, too. Now, during monthly phone conversations that run from one to two hours, each has an agenda. "I pick his brain about career direction and how to handle situations as a new supervisor, and he has the ability to runs things by me to see how his staff would react," Cruz said. In today's time-pressed...