Mentoring is a longer term commitment focused on developing the mentee holistically targeting both personal and professional qualities. Mentoring can be both formal and informal, which can determine the lasting impact of the process. Business owners looking to create lasting connections with key industry leaders might benefit from a longer term mentoring program where they can gain insights specific to their business. If business owners are looking to operate a mentoring program within their organisation, they may want to consider customisable digital platforms that offer the opportunity for staff to connect.
Important things to note when choosing a mentor or coach.
Agree on your purpose Are you both there for the right reasons?
In a less formal mentoring program, the purpose may not be as defned as that of a rigorous coaching program. When first engaging a mentor or coach, ensure they understand your objectives and reasons for undertaking the program.
Ensure your values are aligned
That’s not to say you shouldn’t engage with people who do not have the same values or perspectives as you. Opening our mind to different viewpoints is a crucial part of becoming a dynamic entrepreneur or business owner. However, within a mentoring or coaching program, you may be looking for someone who is going to understand who you are and how your purpose aligns with your business. Seeking out someone you respect and admire for an initial chat can be a great way to begin the process.
Establish expectations early
This can be a simple question of logistics. Draft up a one-page document of what you expect from your mentor or coach. This can be a combination of the time commitment, agreed outcomes and desired learning topics. This may be more appropriate for a mentoring program as coaching programs tend to have more structure.
Coaching and mentoring can be an incredibly valuable experience for both new and experienced business owners. Equipping yourself with the knowledge and benefits of each program is important to suit the needs of the individual.
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