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Mentors Make a Business Better

Your managers may be your biggest asset. Tap their talents to teach new employees, and they'll learn from their protégés along the way

When attorney Maria Speth went for an interview four years ago at Jaburg Wilk in Phoenix, she told the firm's founder and managing partner, Gary Jaburg, she'd be more likely to take the job if he would be her mentor. Jaburg agreed.

Speth and Jaburg's ongoing relationship, which consists of two monthly meetings for 30 minutes to an hour each, has helped Speth improve her marketing and networking efforts to attract more sophisticated clients. It has also helped boost her efficiency: She estimates she spends 90% of her time working directly for clients, making more money for the firm.