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Famous business mentors from The Mentor Hall of Fame

Mentors are invaluable
Mentors are invaluable
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Can you remember a time when someone gave you support, or important counsel, sound advice or positive reinforcement on something you were doing? It can help your career tremendously if you find a mentor who can 'push you in the right direction'.


Encouragement is an important support and guidance motivation given by a more knowledgeable person (such as a mentor) in helping a less experienced or knowledgeable person (mentee) to develop in some capacity.

Mentors help others for various reasons - some are born leaders who share their business successes; others like to 'give back' perhaps in memory of their own mentors. Others have a genuine interest in the success of a selected other.

Here is just a capsule of familiar pairs of mentor and mentee. 'One of the oldest ways to pass on wisdom and knowledge from one generation of professionals to another has been through mentoring' .....

Meg Whitman (CEO and President of eBay) was told, "Be nice, do your best - and most important, keep it in perspective," by her mentor (father).

Andrew Carnegie was mentor to Charles Schwab (first president of US Steel).

Michael Lee-Chin (Chairman of National Commercial Bank in Jamaica, philanthropist, and businessman) was mentored in business by Warren Buffet and names his mother, Hyacinth Gloria Chen, as his life mentor.

Benjamin Graham (Columbia University professor) and Howard Buffett (dad) mentors to Warren Buffett (CEO, Berkshire Hathaway) told him "You're right not because others agree with you, but because your facts are right."

Mary Kay Ash (co-founder Mary Kay Cosmetics) mentor to Tom Wheatley (president fo global sales)

Warren Bennis mentor to Howard Schultz (CEO, Starbucks) suggested to his mentee "Recognize the skills and traits you don't possess, and hire the people who have them."

A.G. Lafley (Chairman and CEO of Procter and Gamble) was told by his mentor, "Have the courage to stick with a tough job."

Ace Greenberg (Bear Stearns) was a mentor for Sumner Redstone (Chairman and CEO of Viacom) and told him, "Follow your own instincts, not those of the people who see the world differently."

  • B.F. Skinner (psychologist) mentor to Robert Epstein (Editor-in-Chief, Psychology Today)

  • Robert McNamara (former US Secretary of Defense) mentor to Lee Iacocca (former president of Chrysler)

  • Thomas Sowell (economist) mentor to Clarence Thomas (US Supreme Court justice)

    Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan mentor to Dr. Ruth Westheimer (psychologist, sex counselor)

    Marie Coppola March 2011 Reference: The Mentor Hall of Fame by Rey Carr

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