Judy Joslow Quintana should write a book on how to be the best Mentee on the planet. We've been working together for over a year (we were assigned to one another through a formal mentorship program) and it has been the most rewarding Mentor experience of my life. Let's start with the fact that her first task was defining the relationship: She would solicit my insight over Google Hangout once every other month for 30 minutes. "Great! I can totally do that," I thought. Since then, she never clutters my inbox with requests for us to meet. She goes directly to my scheduler and her name just appears on my calendar. I love this.
Next, Judy is relentless about soliciting the tough feedback she really needs to hear and not just the flowery feedback she wants to hear, so I can be completely transparent and honest with her. This makes me confident that we'll get a return on the investment we're making and that our 30 minutes is being used in the most effective manner possible. Finally, there are the agendas that she sends 24-48 hours in advance of our Google Hangouts that are broken down into two sections: "Updates since our last conversation" and "For discussion." It reminds me the past advice I've given her and helps hold both of us accountable to ensure she's progressing. But here's the thing. She's managed up to me so beautifully that I feel like I'm progressing too! I'm telling you ladies, the best way to snag a Mentor is by being the kind of Mentee any Mentor would die to have.