Where do I find a reliable mentor?
Looking for a mentor to help me get back up on my feet. Ran a very successful group of Companies in the past. I would now like to dive back into business, but finding it hard to get direction. Where should I start looking?
Excellent answers here and excellent Business Mentors all.
Get clear on your business goals through market research, review what macro industries are doing. Start with IDG, McKinsey Group and Accenture. Peruse LinkedIn active groups and discover what people are discussing. Research what is trending on YouTube.
Define what you do NOT want, then return here and ask more questions. Members here share openly.
It is clear you want a no-fee engagement so a mentor is your ideal option.
If there are universities in your area ask if you can attend a free workshop in business how-to and defining business goals.
Hope this helps.
Robert has made a great observation - there is a difference between a mentor and a coach - and from your question I would expect that you are right in thinking about a mentor now, with the objective of looking for a coach later.
I find with my clients that your dilemma is common; a lack of focus. A good mentor can help you with this by bringing some structure and discipline.
Whilst you are focusing on the product, and that is imperative for the entrepreneur, specific product experience isn't necessarily the key for a good mentor who can help you. Rather, I suspect that the answer lies within you and what you need is someone who will help you to find the common themes in your thinking and guide you to formulate a plan.
My suggestion would be to look for a mentor with the following qualities:
1. Practical entrepreneurial experience
2. Structure and focus
5. Someone with whom you feel comfortable discussing your career
Happy to share my insights
I am a coach/mentor and I help people find career direction either in employment or as entrepreneurs. I think I may be able to assist you and I suggest we have a conversation to discuss your mentoring requirements. I only take on clients who I know I can truly help so this conversation to explore your mentoring requirements and for you to determine whether you want me to mentor you. I would like to discuss the options available to you as irrespective of whether you decide you hire me as a mentor or not, I want to ensure that you get the service you deserve.
try this - www.YourDreamAcademy.com
It is a virtual coaching and mentoring system.
I agree with Robert. Although the terms can be used interchangeably, to a degree, a coach is more active with you. Coaching can be taken from different areas, like in sports. You may have a marketing coach, an hr coach, etc. The mentor, in my opinion, is a higher level, forest instead of trees, person.
You will probably have quite a few people offer to assist you with your question. Whomever you turn to you must develop a relationship with and feel connected to them. Personally, I have acted in both roles for clients. On the one hand, making recommendations on strategy or direction of the company, and the other, counsel on what to do with an employee, a strategic partner, or even life decisions. These are the conversations that tend to occur after 8 pm, in my experience!
Have you tried Score? https://www.score.org/mentors
You find mentors through the relationships you have. Who do you look up to that you know? why? Have you sought their advice?
A coach can be a sounding board for you, but they aren't mentors. They facilitate your growth by holding a mirror and give you perspective. If you're interested in coaching, I'd be happy to help.
There are a lot of mentors on here, Also reviewing the questions and answers on here can teach you so much in any field. Best of success. Gil
Hi Ash..you have received great answers here. My advice is to chose a mentor that you will like and that has been on the field that you would like to tap on. For example, if you are a doctor but you want to specialise, you need to look for a mentor that is in that field and that will understand you and you the same. I cannot say I can be your mentor because you don't know me and I don't know you. The sites you have been given please visit them, they will be of great value to you. My mentors are people that are in my field or even higher so that I can be where they are and they always challenge me to reach my goals...hope this helps.
Hey Ash, since your are in the UK check out http://ioee.co.uk/. The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs Limited has a strong educational and mentor locator service. You might just find the right fit!
Hi Ash, there is definately a difference between a mentor and a coach as already mentioned several times. A coach should take you through a process to help you find out what it is that will push your buttons. Interview a few and test them out. You should get at least an hour's obligation free time with any who are serious. Start with me if you like!! With today's technology you can be anywhere in the world...it doesn't matter...and the exchange rates can work in your favour too! LOL I'm happy to give you and hour to help you find out what it is you are looking for and to give you an idea as to what to look for in a coach.
I agree completely with Robert in there being a difference between a Mentor and a Coach. It sounds like you are seeing out coaching. I'd love for you to consider our coaching program at timeandeternity.net. We'll gladly set up an initial consultation for free to make sure that one of our coaches would be a good fit for you and what you need to get you where you want to be.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Dr. Bobbie Sparks
Hello Ash, wow! how does anyone define 'reliable' and sell themselves to you at the same time?
From your comments I would say that you already understand how to run a company as you say you ran several successfully. However, from your statement of 'wanting to get back on you feet' the issue may be one of confidence rather than competence, although it is possible that you lost your companies because your skills were not up to sustaining what you had.
I am assuming that it is confidence and clarity, probably clarity on which market would be the most viable which is conflicting with confusion around your internal experience. On the basis of my assumption I would direct your to seek a Coach in the first instance who would assist to give you the clarity you need and be someone you can be accountable too. Then if you feel you do not have the skills to re-establish yourself then go for a Mentor.
If you cannot find a Coach through the matching facilities offered by Mosaic, then contact me for some Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence coaching.
Hi Ash, i think the starting point is to identify what you want help with. Depending on your answer, you may need a coach, instead of a mentor. Equally, you could discover that you need both. Reading between the lines of your post, it might be more effective to go with a coach first, to help you get back to your best, identify some goals and then start to think of a mentor. Hope this helps. Very best of luck.
If you are looking for a business mentor then you need to reach out to those people in the industry you are interested in exploring. There are very knowledgeable people in any industry that would be more than happy to assist you. Search those people out and ask for a discovery meeting that will not take a lot of their time, 15-20 minutes max. Then be prepared with questions you want to ask them. Remember this isn't to ask for a job or to sell them anything but to get their insight into the industry you want to research.
Dear: Ash, at times during my life, where I have encountered setbacks, either personal or professional, I have probably had thoughts similar as yours. I would be more than pleased to help you find your way back to where you would like to be. Feel free to reach out to me, as I do this type of volunteer work with returning veterans as well as students. The goal is to get them on track or back on track. Glenn
If you are in the USA, go to www.Score.org. If you want a local mentor, enter your zip code. If you want an online mentor ask for email mentorying and a national data base of Score mentors will come up based on your keywords. Score mentoring is free. Some classes have low fees.
Hello Ash, AsRobert pointed out earlier, a mentor is very different from a coach. A mentor is a guide and generally works with you in "big picture" mode but is available from time to time to help with the details. A coach generally helps you with the details but good coaches always work with the "big picture" in mind.
Call me at 971-217-7864 (US-Pacific Daylight Time) if you'd like to discuss this further in person. Cheers
Thank you all ever so much for all your wonderful answers and suggestions.. I only joined today and I can safely say it has had to be one of my more positive choices...
MicroMentor has a free business mentoring program. I was with the program for a year and had two mentors. One was awesome the other flaked on me. If you are on a tight budget this may be a program to kickstart you. http://www.micromentor.org/