Stuck in a rut? Unsure how to make the next move in your career? Need help developing your networking skills? Want someone to help you navigate the challenges in your job? Need to set up a new division in your organisation but don’t know how?
No matter what your situation, the decision to seek the advice of someone more experienced and accomplished can be one of the most powerful actions you will take on your journey to success. In fact Richard Branson, Tiger Woods, Warren Buffett and Gina Rinehart all credit much of their success to the relationship they have with their mentors.
Here are Happening Peoples Top 5 ideas for finding the ideal mentor for you!
1. Understand what you need from a mentor
Do I need a mentor? Do I need a ‘life long’ mentor or one for a ‘reason or a season’? Do I need more than one mentor? These are all very valid questions as you embark on your quest for a mentor. They are also questions which need answering.
Sit and write down the skills and goals you wish to develop both personally and professionally. As this list grows the answers to the questions you have will become clearer.
Use your list as a guide to choosing the right mentor/mentors.
2. Success V’s Interest
It might seem obvious – but often times successful people are so focused on their own success and goal achievement they have limited interest in others growth and development. So rather than seeking out the most successful person you know look for additional traits such as someone who gets personal satisfaction from seeing another person develop and grow and achieve their goals. The best mentors are people who are excited about learning and who are continuing their own development.
3. Do they have that ‘SPARK ‘?
Toastmaster’s international recommends that you look for a SPARK.
S – Supportive; guide and support you on your journey to achievement.
P – Patient; People learn in different ways and at their own pace.
A – Available; being available outside of meeting hours is essential to development.
R – Respectful; a mentor who accepts that a differing of opinion is healthy.
K – Knowledgeable; some knowledge and previous success in similar roles will ensure a compatible relationship.
4. Move out of your comfort zone
When choosing a good mentor it is very easy and natural to want to choose someone similar to you, someone who makes you feel good about being you. However, real growth comes from choosing a mentor who will force you to address the uncomfortable sides of your character, someone who will offer you ‘tough love’.
5. To pay or not to pay
Many large Australian and International organisations have Mentoring Programs or can provide access to one. But for the self employed or employees of organisations that do not have such programs finding a mentor can be difficult. There are a number of options available – you can choose to pay for the services of a mentor via an executive coach, life coach or managing consultant. Help maybe just a phone call away!
The benefits are clear, yet if you need help in setting up a Mentoring Program in your organisation or are seeking the services of an Executive Coach Happening People will be happy to discuss how we can help you.