I have an idea.
Why be a Mentor?
1. Most of us want some help in some area of our work but, for various reasons, don't ask for it. That means that there are people who could use some guidance.
2. Your experience navigating organizational life is valuable to those who don't yet have it.
3. Many corporate programs are struggling. There seems to be something unnatural when we try to institutionalize mentoring.
4. You'll learn more than the person you are helping. It's not a selfish thing, but a fact. When you have to teach, you have to prepare. And when you prepare, you learn a lot.
5. You'll have the satisfaction of contributing something positive to another person's life.
How do you get started?
Who could use some organizational know-how? Approach them with the idea that you've got some experience and would enjoy sitting down once in a while for a "how are things going?" cup of coffee. Keep it informal and see where it goes. Let the relationships last as long--or as short--as is helpful.
This is a very simple, but practical, idea. It seems as if we are always looking for a good charity or a cause to support. Why not contribute to the development of a co-worker?
You'll even have a chance to see the results!