Sind 1997 I have been helping/mentoring many employees, founders of startups and CEOs of scaleups inside and outside Banking, Finance & FinTech. And personally, I have been lucky to have had a number of great mentors inside and outside the Bank I was working in until the end of 2001 (see here). So I thought it was a good idea to share my personal experiences and answer questions you might have around mentoring as a possible solution for you to start & grow your company. Here is the first blog on ‘The Power of Mentoring’.
I personally have had a number of great mentors both in my private and in my professional life and I still have one or two as we speak to help me on my professional and private ‘journey’ through life.
“I personally have had great mentors in my life and I still have one or two”.
Here are some of my personal thoughts and tips on ‘The Power of Mentoring’ for me personally:
- A mentor has to inspire you. Think back to a time when someone inspired you. Perhaps they spoke at an event you attended or it is somebody you saw on YouTube for instance. You may remember a college professor who you loved or somebody else you met through a friend of yours for instance. Whatever your memory, you probably thought of that person as a mentor. What was it about that person that inspired you? Was it the way he or she spoke or was it the message they presented? Mentors have a way of giving us the needed push to accomplish what we thought was impossible and to discover things we did not know about ourselves.
- You do not need to know a mentor already. You don’t need a face-to-face relationship with someone to be considered a mentor. In fact, you could read about someone in history or read a biography on the person. Sometimes, you may find a TED Talk that moves you. Then, you reach out to that person and let them know how it moved you. Correspondence using LinkedIn for instance can develop where you bounce ideas to this person.
- Good mentors help you to decide. Great mentors help people by giving them the push they need to get to a higher level. Sometimes, you simply don’t know what to do next. A mentor will show you some possibilities. While they shouldn’t decide for you, they can give you some much-needed guidance.
- Do not blame a good mentor. You should never blame a mentor for anything related to your life or career. If you follow the advice of a mentor and it doesn’t work out, you either didn’t follow all the steps, or it simply may not be the right path for you. The responsibility rests with you.
- Finding the right mentor for you is important. While there are bad mentors, it is up to you to learn how to find the right ones. But, once you do, you will have guidance that can help you attain your professional and private goals. You must be willing to take the advice of your mentor. The actions required could take you outside of your comfort zone. Often, that is how you break through barriers that are holding you back. When that happens, you will see the value of a mentor that much more.
- You can not get good mentors for free. Some mentors may seem out of reach to you because of how much they cost. Some people are lucky to receive free mentoring from a good mentor, but I have also seen often during ‘Startup Accelerator Programes’ that a lot of mentors where actually no good. . But, if you are not lucky to find a real good one for free, keep in mind what you are getting out of the deal. If you advance in your career quicker than your colleagues because you paid for a decent mentor, you get your startup of the ground faster or you reorganize, grow and scaleup faster….can you put a price on that? You will more than cover the cost of both salary and valuable contacts that you gain from the arrangement.
Well, I hope these first thoughts on mentoring helped you a bit. In the next blog, I will give you some personal tips on ‘why you might need a mentor?’ If you have any questions regarding mentoring for you as a person, for your startup or for your scaleup, then contact me here, ok or call me on 0031634387806.
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Tony de Bree