How do I find a mentor?
I am looking for a mentor to provide me with valuable experience and advise me. I need help in business expansion and construction of a full-fledged company in recruitment, and so I am looking for someone with experience in creating companies and willing to share skills.
Networking is critical here. Understanding the business ecosystem where you live is important. I would seek out those in your field and like Mark mentioned, ask them for a small amount of time so that you can talk to them about your goals and ask their advice. Building relationships is key. Also, reaching out to business incubators/accelerators in your area are critical, as they typically have many mentors associated with them. If anything, it can be a good place to get a list of those that are willing to devote their time (or they wouldn't be listed on these sites), so they would be most likely more willing to discuss the same topics with you as well.
I would say the most important thing to do is ask. Just find about 2-3 people you admire at the level you would like to get to next and just pursue them. Offer to buy lunch, breakfast or dinner and talk. Have a list of questions and a notepad to write down the answers. It shows a great deal of respect when you show up with questions and actually write down the answers. Then follow up with a thank you card. Handwritten is best but anything is better than nothing.
You appear to be seeking out a business consultant but that could be costly is you are a start up but do interview a couple of consultants to make sure that is the case. I would recommend joining a business network, like BNI or a community group like a Chamber of Commerce and become knowledgeable about who is one of the most successful business people in an industry or development stage much like yours.
Consider all of the people you know, trust and respect. Write them down and have lunch or a cup of coffee with them expressing to them your sentiments of then. Then listen and allow them to share. You will be surprised of the responses and requests to assist.
I don't know where you are based but I have a good friend http://www.banyantreeanswers.co.uk and you should have the first conversation...
You may want to try Linked In if you are a member, and if not a member yet, I would suggest joining linked In, it's free to join.
Certification in a particular field will enable a newcomer in the field to obtain advice from all of the experts. They usually have a forum where there are answers to almost everything. You can also ask the organization for a mentor.
My advice is don't just get one. Network extensively and build reciprocal relationships, See my thoughts on the topic. http://letsgrowleaders.com/communication-listening/dont-get-a-mentor/
Great question, especially in consideration of your inquiry about Sales issues. I suggest you look at all the advice given thus far and if you need a coach in recruiting make sure he/she is an active practitioner as am I.
Look for someone in your locality or around you who has succeded in doing what you are trying to do and submit to him. You may have to spend money, if need be, just to have this person take you under his wing. Remember, mentors love to be pursued, and the proof of desire is pursuit.