This article was first published in the Mercury Bay Informer of 29 November 2017. See www.theinformer.co.nz
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or out of your depth? Perhaps it seems like you are standing in a dark room with all the doors closed. Your vision for your business stands beyond those doors inviting you to join it but you can’t seem to get through those doors. Or maybe things are ticking over but you need motivation to take your organisation to the next level.
This is when a trusted advisor such as a business mentor can help. A mentor is an experienced business person who can provide any combination of: guidance, support, a sounding board for your ideas, access to networks and motivation to reach your goals. Typically a mentor works with you over an extended period of time. Their questions challenge your thinking and help to build your self-confidence. They might identify your skill gaps and show you ways to bridge them.
The mentoring arrangement is a personal relationship built on trust and respect. While family members and friends might understand you and your business, an independent mentor brings an objective perspective and will not be afraid to ask challenging questions. Before engaging with a mentor make sure that they are someone that you can relate easily with. While they should be knowledgeable about all aspects of a business, the insight of a mentor who is strong in areas where you are weak can be invaluable.
It is tough doing business alone, many leaders have found it easier to push through their barriers with a business mentor on their side.