In a recent article in the New York Times, reporter Elizabeth Olson described a unique program in which large companies mentor small ones in reaching a level of stability and health. One of the ways that prospective protégés come to the attention of the mentors is when they unsuccessfully bid on contracts for the large companies.
On the one hand, I have always expressed concern in a blanket belief in the power of mentoring. In many ways, it’s like dating and the success rate of formally arranged mentor / protégé relationships, especially ones with no other structure and preparation provided, matches that of blind dates.
On the other hand, I have also always believed in the power of mentoring when all of the stars are aligned, as they seem to have been in the cases described in the article.
Read the entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/business/smallbusiness/02sbiz.html.