I have always been a great believer in mentoring. I have mentored young people in the organizations I have run. I have mentored people outside of my own companies too, including young people who were just starting out in their careers and starting new companies.

I have also had mentors of my own – in many cases, highly experienced executives who shared their knowledge with me – who have guided and encouraged me more than I can tell you.

At every stage in my mentoring activities, I felt as though I always saw some extra benefit happening – something I could not explain. People on both sides of mentoring activity – both mentors and mentees – were doing more than just sharing information. They were being elevated in a mysterious way.