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Traditionally, the term “mentor” might conjure up for us a picture of a “white-haired wise man.” In fact, the origins of the word mentor come from Homer’s The Odyssey. Before leaving to fight the Trojan war, Odysseus left his son and his entire estate in the care of his friend Mentor, who then guided the young Telemachus as he grew up. Mentor however, was only in his early twenties!
Within a more modern context, most of us might be familiar with the concept of a business mentor within our workplace as being someone who has more experience or wisdom and is willing to share their knowledge and insights in bringing on a younger colleague, guiding their career within the company.
It is only relatively recently however, that the term mentor has broken out of the workplace and into the marketplace and the term “business mentor” is often freely bandied around to encompass a broad range of activities and services from business angels to non-executive directors.
For my part, I am absolutely clear as to what “business mentoring” should be – and it begins with absolute and genuine belief in the businesses I work with and their onward success.
Most successful entrepreneurs attribute much of their achievement to the support and guidance they received from a business mentor – Richard Branson still cites the support and belief given to him by Sir Freddy Laker as being one of the key drivers behind his success within the airline industry.
Business Mentoring does not involve employing a consultant or employee to help run your business. Instead, it’s a relationship between you, the Business Owner, and someone with business experience that can guide you through making the difficult decisions, point out ways of improving your business, ask you the tough questions and motivate you to want to achieve higher levels of performance, all within the bounds of a trusted relationship.
Because it’s lonely at the top, business mentoring can offer you a partner in the process, a sharing of views with someone who really knows the ropes. Working with a Business Mentor will help you gain fresh insights into problems and decision making, through impartial, objective discussion and feedback.
“After meeting with a potential client, send them a hand written thank you. This will help you stand out and be remembered.” ~Angella Luyk
As your Business Mentor, I have no agenda apart from YOUR success. This allows me to give unbiased independent support to help your business grow and develop.
I am a professional who has experience in growing my own businesses and helping many other Business Owners focus on business growth and personal success. All of my programs focus on YOU and your needs and that is how I help you achieve fast and specific results in your Business.
The consistent support will ensure you take regular action towards your goals and make better decisions through the discussion processes we engage in.
You need a Business Mentor and Coach if you want to be better tomorrow than you are today. Quite simply, if you continue to do the same things you will continue get the same results! It’s time to move onward and upward.
Having a Business Mentor will stimulate new thinking and give you support in trying some new ideas out. I will encourage (insist on) constant action. All of this will only be good for you and your business.
To derive full value from Business Coaching and Mentoring you need to be open to change, prepared to be challenged and take daily ACTION towards your success.
You have to make time in your week to meet with your coach and time to focus on delivering the action plan you have agreed. We guarantee if you take consistent action towards your goals you will be more successful than you are today!