Many business people have faced difficult challenges over the past 2 years, while others have found new opportunities. Most may be glad to see an end to 2021 and are looking to progress forward. Now is the time to regroup and plan for the years ahead.
To help with your forward momentum and growth, why not consider a well-matched business mentor? A skilled and experienced mentor will cast fresh eyes over your thoughts and plans and help guide, support and challenge you to shape your future. This will be achieved within a confidential and supportive relationship.
Finding the Best Business Mentor for You
Matching you with the right mentor or coach for business mentoring is important. In order to do this right, a business mentoring company should:
- Listen to you
- Assess your issues and potential needs
- Consider the best business mentor or business coach
- Consider the best personal fit with you
- Match you to a business mentor or coach
Your business mentor or coach will have broad and deep business experience. This, coupled with a positive constructive mindset, will add value to and challenge your thinking and approaches to business.
The initial requirement that may prompt you to seek a business mentor can be the tip of an iceberg, or the first steps in unlocking great potential. Furthermore, once initial problems or opportunities have been dealt with, other strategic issues usually emerge.
It can be helpful during the matching stage to list your critical issues, goals, and objectives. In preparation to get a mentor, you should prioritize and list your immediate, short-term, and long-term challenges and opportunities, including:
- What specific issues or opportunities need addressing?
- Boards, people, organization or business culture
- Marketing, sales, or customers
- Reputation, public relations
- Corporate governance
- Financial performance
- Acquisitions or divestments
- Banks, shareholders
- Family business dynamics
- Environmental considerations
- Supply Chain
- Systems or IT
- What are your business’ goals in the short, medium and long term?
- Which areas would like to improve your own business performance?
- Do you have gaps in your areas of expertise?
- Are you open to consider possible improvements and other points of view?
- Have you the desire to learn and improve your business?
- Will you seriously consider your business mentoring meetings and look to make improvements as you consider appropriate?
Importantly, business mentors and coaches are not management consultants. They are there to guide, develop and support you and act as your sounding board. They may disagree with your viewpoint and actively discuss such things.
Your business mentor or coach will have much in common with you, but they will also have their own business experience and frameworks of thinking. These overlaps and differences between you drive synergies that you and your business can benefit from.
Business mentors and coaches also meet very high standards of ethics and confidentiality, as critically, a successful business mentoring relationship must be built on the solid foundations of trust and mutual respect.