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.
First thing you need to do is identify people who have been successful and accomplished some of the things you would like to accomplish.
Then spend some time "interviewing" them, buy them coffee or lunch and sit and talk with them.
Be up front and tell them what you are looking for, then build some good relationships with the one's that you like and think you can learn from. The mentorship will evolve from there.
Here is a link to a seasoned business veteran that offers mentoring. He has been my mentor for several years and I can truly say that Robert Nitschke has been invaluable to me.
Are you looking for a mentor or a coach or a consultant?
How do you define 'share skills'..... so as to set the right expectations?
Are you wanting to pay for it or acquire it free; as there are paid mentors as well as those willing to give their time.
You can reference the below, as well, check out IvyExec.com, FindAMentor.org, etc. that connects mentors with mentorees. Just google - how to find a mentor.
Firstly you need to fnd someone that is far ahead of you on your entrepreneurial journey. What I have found often works is to find someone from your industry that has retired after building a successful company. I suggest you find these people by attending networking forums. social media (linked is useful), etc. Also look at people (retired) who sit on boards as non executives, often these people have the time and are willing to help.
Charlene who responded earlier has it right on.. the best mentors for you are people that have a passion for what they are doing and you will find through SCORE a volunteer who has a passion about helping people succeed in business. There are over 11600 SCORE volunteers across the country all willing to sit with you and share their knowledge. The only cost is your time and effort. Go to www.score.org/chapters-map and enter your zip code click search and you will find a local chapter that is close to you...just reach out to them and request a mentor you will be connected to someone that is willing to be a terrific tour guide for you.
I suggest you check SCORE.org and "seek a mentor." SCORE is a national non-profit, funded under the budget of the Small Business Administration and offers FREE one-on-one mentoring all across the U.S. All SCORE mentors are volunteers that have been successful senior managers/leaders or have owned businesses and data overwhelmingly indicates that people who take advantage of SCORE (especially on a multiple visit basis) tend to actually start their businesses and grow them.
I am a volunteer in the Salt Lake City Chapter of SCORE where there are roughly 35 volunteer mentors, all with different skill sets eager to help. It's a very valuable FREE service that you'd be silly to ignore.
SCORE Certified Mentor / President - Salt Lake Chapter
An idea I will be exploring is hanging out where successful people are likely to be. I made some fairly good connections while traveling via airplane and also noticed that people at nice hotels seem to be quite successful. So if you see me at the downtown hotel lobby working on my laptop say hi. This is a similar technique we would use when photographing wild animals. Go to where they go and wait :)
Ask other professionals in your life, such as: Your Accountant, lawyer, join a regional Chamber, make an apptmt with Score. Also, sign up for email mentoring on Score.org which matches to a national base of free volunteers. Some also have their own for-profit businesses.
Great question Alexey, I am a big support of the Score, you should be able to fine a retired exec that has all of the skills sets your looking for. I think social media outlets like (LinkedIn) would be a great source to find a mentor as well.
When you locate that person(s), I think having a clear concise list of questions of ideals that I would want to ask, maybe they can give you some insight on things you probable didn't think of.
Good luck and much success !
If you are in the US, check out your local SCORE chapter.
Another avenue would be to hire a business coach to help you.
I would say it is best to research your potential mentor, talk to them one the phone, skype or google hang out in my opinion if they do not have access to any of these I would keep on searching but that is just me.
If a mentor is just going to lead you to a website or just email to you that is a red flag in my book.
Talk to your mentor find out how both of you respond to each other before commiting money.
I hope this helps.
Hi Alexey, Thank you for reaching out. Please contact me personally and lets have a chat. Kind Regards Nigel
I am joining Founder Institute (fi.co) for exactly the same reason. They will teach you everything you need to know.
I would suggest to register with Viral Marketing, they have a collection of coaches and mentors of different niches. They have assisted me to have my coaching program. However it requires a small investment!
A mentor is a nice idea as soon as you define (for yourself first) what do you mean by "business expansion" from local to national ? to international ? Where CIS, EU, US, Latham... Asia? Or expansion from Manager recruitment to operators recruitments?
What is your conception of a full fledged company?
My approach would be to set up goals to achieve short and long term first, then define the financials parameters and budget, then look for a consultant or an associate or any experienced person able to scout you through the development's maze.
The Mentor should have experience on HR, should know how to define profiles through the information on the CV and its respective clarification through one or more interviews.
The interviews should be done by the mentor, the HR manager and the CEO. All the job positions characteristic's should be clarified as well as quantified so it is possible to understan which is the principal characteristic in order to select from.
The start ups have at least one year without obtained the planned sales levels since it is diffcult to find the right people without a large connection network.
Therefore it is essential to maintain the interviews strategy.
There are a considerable factors that need to be defined before you go ahead with the company besides the list of people that are available fro recruitment buat also a list of clients or potential clients as well as the type of recruitment to be specialized with like IT, Education or Training or even Engeniering type of activity.
It is possible to work on all of these industry's activities as long as you have people specialized on each professional field and focused to do it.
All the recruiters should work for objectives at least on the beginning and later according to their level of confidence & transparency they should become permanent employees.
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.
In order to find the one you are looking for & not to waist your time you have to find some one working in the same filed in another company , It may cost you more but you will same time & money later on , So the skilled one will make you save your time & perform the company in short time .
Best get some help because that is a tough business. Are you in the states?
Firstly understand what you mean by a mentor. Remember that the original mentor was a trusted person who was meant to make the king's son a wise and trusted ruler. Note, he was not required to train him as a king or to teach him the processes of royalty, he was expected to develop the person. So your first step is to find someone that you trust.
The other key point is that there was a clear objective in the first ever mentoring programme. You need to make sure that you both understand the goal of the mentoring process so that you can see when the end has been achieved.
Another important point is that, as this is the one process that challenges your learning style, it is critical that you and the mentor are both comfortable with each other.
So find someone you trust, make sure you like each other and set a clear goal to regularly monitor against to ensure that the process is working and to see when it ends.
If you are interested then I have a good document that explains the mentoring role in more detail and also explains some of the other business support roles in case you are unclear as to what you want.