My answer to How can I find a committed mentor?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Good listening and observation are key. Relate to a potential mentor and how he or she does their job by not only asking questions, but also commenting on the outcomes and the quality of the mentor’s work.
If you have a thought on performing the job in a different way show some initiative by developing the approach and asking the mentor to comment.
Most of us who have mentored for years appreciate the fact that the mentored individual will do the job reflecting his or her own attributes and outlook and we are only there as guides. Make the journey interesting for us.