One of the things I recommend to entrepreneurs, but didn’t do well myself early on, was to reach out to mentors for help and advice. My daughter likes to say “sharing is caring” when parroting what she hears from her pre-school teacher. Sharing is caring fits perfectly with a mentor/mentee relationship — the more you give, the more you get.
One of the oft repeated YPO lines is “nobody, nothing, never” when talking about confidentiality. The same confidentiality applies to the mentor/mentee relationship. Building a foundation of trust and confidentiality is critical to get past the high-level content and really go deep with the core challenges and opportunities.
The next time you meet with a potential mentor or as a mentor with a mentee, bring up confidentially, in a graceful manner, and set the tone for “nobody, nothing, never.” The other person will appreciate it and likely reciprocate.
What else? What are your thoughts on confidentiality in a mentor relationship?