#TMPBusinessSavvy — So What Are The 5 Things You Need In A Business Mentor?
This is a another piece in the #TMPBusinessSavvy series, which has already looked at The Seven Steps To Business Heaven, Ten Things That Successful Entrepreneurs Do & Do Well , The Five Questions You Need To Ask Your Business Today and also asked whether Your Business Needs A Mentor, Or A Substitute Parent?
In this piece I would suggest, that having taken the incredibly positive step to engage a Business Mentor you realise that a Substitute Parent isn't really going to cut-it and help you to achieve much more and in less time, by working smarter, or enable you to focus on the fundamental and incremental changes that would make a very real and tangible difference to your business.
A Business Mentor will ask the right questions and be able to give the benefit of their experience. Also, a Business Mentor will very probably spur you and your Business on to take rapid and concentrated action that moves everything forward and at a pace!
It is something that we at The Mudd Partnership are very passionate about, but accompanying this passion is also a concern and a very real interest in ensuring that any Business is able to identify the key things they might actually want from a mentoring relationship.
To know what to look for to ensure that they get the ‘Best Fit’ and the highest caliber Business Mentor that is just right for them!
How Does Business Mentoring Differ from Coaching?
Because Business Mentoring is time efficient and focuses totally on the mentees needs, it can generate rapid results.
Unlike other forms of Coaching, or even Training or Consulting, Business Mentoring provides both ‘High Personal Content’ & ‘High Business Content’ — it uniquely marries the two together; but it is perhaps not for those with a faint heart and whilst it is fast becoming the preferred intervention for a growing number of Business Owners and Managing Directors — Well it can still feel rather like an ‘Act of Faith’, n’est pas?
So, in this follow-up Mentoring piece, what key things should you be looking for from that potential Business Mentor?
- A Business track record and experience demonstrating both personal success and career growth, ideally gained at least in part from having successfully run their own Business;
- Broad, cross-sector experience gained across a range of Industries and Business Sectors, which demonstrates both breadth and depth;
- An ability to grasp multiple perspectives, be insightful, challenging and naturally curious, but also act with outsight;
- Authenticity and great professional integrity; &
- A track record as a Business Mentor (perhaps having worked with SMEs, larger corporates or at a senior level in the Public Sector) & with a genuine passion for people and a “Have You Ever”/”What If”/& “But Why Not” approach to questioning.
Neither specific Sector or Industry experience need be an absolute imperative, as a skilled Business Mentor can quickly be highly effective in a new Industry environment, by being able to apply their wider perspective, natural rigour and challenge to the Business they now mentor.
They must however be a really effective listener and someone you feel intimately that you can trust and whom you believe would be prepared to go that extra mile for You and Your Business.
Also remember though that Business Mentoring is not a ‘Quick Fix’ solution.
It requires some heavy lifting on both sides, so be prepared to make that commitment, give it time and with the right mentor your Business could really fly and exceed your expectations.
Or, as the poet Robert Browning might have written (but of course didn’t, LOL), “What’s a Business Mentoring relationship for, if a Mentees’ reach cannot exceed their grasp!”.
Paul Mudd is author of ‘Uncovering Mindfulness: In Search Of A Life More Meaningful’ (All new and updated 2nd Edition) available Autumn 2018 on Amazon and www.bookboon.com; the ‘Coffee & A Cup of Mindfulness’ and the ‘Mindful Hacks For Mindful Living & Mindful Working’ series. He is also a Contributing Author to The Huffington Post and a Contributing Writer to Thrive Global. Through The Mudd Partnership he works with business leaders, organisations and individuals in support of change, leadership excellence, business growth and introducing Mindfulness. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow the continuing journey uncovering Mindfulness on Twitter @TheMindfulBookand at @Paul_Mudd