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?
It is so great that you're looking for a mentor! Mentors inspire you and guide you to your goals. Generally, they are just people you meet along your journey, who come to you at *just* the right time. They mentor you because they want to, and at no cost. You have a synergy and you're able to help each other.
Think through the folks that you know; consider what you're looking for and if they can and are willing to work with you. I have mentors who guide and inspire me in a variety of ways, as each has a different skill set or strength that I want to know more about. I have one mentor who is great at business operations; another who is fantastic at innovative networking ideas. Another one who inspires me to think outside the box, stop procrastinating on certain projects and JUST DO IT. And mentors may come and go (as a mentor, but hopefully will remain a friend or acquaintance) depending on where you are in a journey.
So just be on the look out as you meet new people. Try networking in professional associations and chambers of commerce and see who you meet. With my mentors, we found each other where and when we least expected it!
Best of luck!
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
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.
I would suggest three key things in a successful mentoring relationship.
1. In choosing a mentor you and the mentor need to be comfortable with each other. So you probably need to meet with more than one before you get a mutually agreeable fit. Be suspicious of the mentor that tells you they are the right one before you even meet.
2. For any mentoring relationship to work there needs to be a clear goal. This needs to be agreed at the start and regularly reviewed to make sure you stay on the same page.
3. The mentoring relationship should complete once the goal is reached. If there is another goal that you would like to explore then that is the subject of a separate mentoring arrangement and not necessarily with the same mentor.
Remember that mentoring is about developing you as a person and not an opportunity for someone else to try and run your business for you.
Here are some questions you might want to ask your prospective coach before committing to anything.
1.. How long have you been a coach?
2. What prompted you to become a coach?
3. What kind of clients do you work best with?
4. What is your area of specialty?
5. How many clients have you coached? How many are you coaching at present?
6. Do you have a coach yourself?
7. How will I work with you?
8. How much do you charge?
If there is a fit (trust, rapport) and the answers work for you, then ask them for a trial session.
If you want to ask me these questions, then please connect via my website garrettglobalconsultingdotcom If I can assist you I will, if not, I will, like Robert, refer out. I am based in southeast Asia if time zone matters to you.
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
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, 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.
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
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!
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.
Ash, from your comments it sounds like you have considerable business experience, and you are now wanting to 'get back into the game'.
The first step is to explore what you now want to do, what inspires you and where your greatest value is.
I offer a complimentary meeting where we can explore what you are wanting to do and also opportunities that motivate and excite you. This meeting would be via Skype.
For some background on me please go to my Linked-In Profile (includes several Client Recommendations),
Lets make a time to talk
Some great info and suggestions here already. Perhaps you can look at SCORE for a business mentor, or in one of the industries you are interested in pursuing. For example, in the franchise industry we have a program called FranShip, facilitated by the International Franchise Association. Here, anyone active or interested in franchising, whether operating a franchise unit or starting a franchise company, can find great mentors in different areas of expertise.
Perhaps the industries you are looking at have something similar? Check in industry publications and websites and in relevant groups on LinkedIn, also.
Do you belong to any business associations in the UK like the IOD? These organizations usually have mentors that can help you. I think it is also important as to what kind of a business you want to dive back into?
You need to tap into a "non-sales" relationship where you are not being led to a buying decision under the guise of mentoring to solve your challenges. Our partnership has use SCORE with great results. Its free and a great resource. https://www.score.org/mentors
Hi Ash, you can find mentors of all different types and skills and experiences. (It could start with a simple google search.)
However, a mentor is quite a personal choice and needs to be someone who can effectively guide and challenge and motivate you to be the best you can be. It may not need to someone with formal mentoring qualifications, but you must have a strong connection and rapport with this person.
I hope this helps.
depending where you are based, there are things like "Winning Pitch" or "Ambition Club". Look to family members and former contacts for advice, too. Basically, be neither shy nor proud. Good luck !
Suggest attending Networking groups in your industry and make a connection with a person in your category of product.
The important issue in a relationship is trust and the mentor's understanding of your goal and their abiility to provde options for you to consider.
Then you can start to focus and discipline yourself on how to proceed.
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/
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.