Old agricultural metaphor are fascinating - sometimes we are using them even though the closest we ever get to harvesting a crop is squeezing a tomato in the store; the thought of even getting dirt under your nails may send shivers down your spine. One of the most common is the idea of bearing fruit.
How cool would it be to have your own personal Yoda to help guide you in ways of the business force? Someone who helps you do things you weren't sure were possible, and believes in your potential? I believe the benefits to individuals and to organizations are immediately obvious, yet too often I've been in mentoring programs that have come straight from the dark side – tormented with what could have been while hanging on for dear life before dropping into a dark abyss because of daddy issues.