If so, what kind of things have you found to lead to the most fruitful relationship?
I do, but sparingly since really getting to know someone and understand their motivations, fears, needs etc. is time consuming like any relationship. I think the most important thing is to develop a connection that comes from true mutual interests and also to recognize when the mentor or mentee is no longer getting enough out of it to continue. I don’t like being a crutch for someone who just keeps going in circles but doesn’t make progress. Those people need a therapist, and I usually have to break it off. All in all mentoring is great, but it is much less formalized than it sounds.