We are living in an age of networks, a social society, not hierarchies. Knowledge and wisdom is freely distributed; rather than held close-to-the-chest so you can be the go-to-gal.
Moreover, we are bringing more of ourselves to work and we're often chasing meaning over profit. The new model is more flexible and forgiving to allow for the fact that mentorships, like any relationship, comes in different flavors and changes over time.
Mentors, after all, are supposed to help you grow. This can't happen if the relationship is forced into a mold. Being a good mentor or mentee takes a certain lightness of touch, comfort with ambiguity, and awareness of the potential for conflict.
Creating a good mentorship takes work and these organizations are a good starting points as you embark on this relationship:
www.Catalyst.org is the leading not-for-profit expanding opportunities for women in business. Catalyst publishes a wealth of information on mentoring. "Making Mentoring Work," a report from 2010 is available on their website including the ROI of formal mentoring programs within organizations.
www.score.org is where volunteers who have specific skills helping entrepreneurs to develop their marketing concepts and business plans. The Entrepreneur Network at www.TENonline.org also provides articles and coaching tips in a mentoring manner.
www.ypo.org is the Young Presidents' Organization where networking and support can help young CEOs through peer-to-peer mentoring. The YPOs also have more traditional mentoring relationships with their "graduates," the World Presidents' Organization.
Source: FAST COMPANY, May 2011