As the thread title states, have any of you ever mentored someone/been mentored? This seems to be a very popular thing in my field, where older, more experienced directors/managers will take a younger colleague under their wing. While there have been times in my career where I have both given and received advice, I have never felt the need to enter a formal mentor/mentee relationship. The reason I ask is that I was introduced to someone the other day, and the woman said "This is my mentor, Mr. X". I thought it was a strange thing to do, but apparently some people take mentor/mentee relationship very seriously. So, how many of you have been a mentor and given people "bad advices"? (Pumping Iron reference). Seriously though, thoughts on the subject?