Business Coaching and Mentoring
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 our part, we are absolutely clear as to what ‘business mentoring’ should be – and it begins with absolute and genuine belief in the businesses we work with and their onward success.
Most successful entrepreneurs will 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.
Some of the benefits of Business Mentoring include:
- Reducing the level of risk in making business decisions - exploring options becomes easier when you have someone that understands and shares your concerns at the deepest levels
- Focusing your energy - simply having someone else to motivate you and to share your successes with can often lead to extraordinary results
- Making positive progress more quickly - taking the actions that matter can make a big difference to your profits. Business possibilities begin to open up - with your time and energy better focused, striving for new opportunities now becomes a reality