Whether you are new to business, have plans to grow, or are facing some new challenges; working with a mentor can help you with advice and insights that can sometimes mean the difference between failure and success.
What are mentors?
Mentors are experienced business persons who are there to provide an objective sounding-board for working out dilemmas and thinking strategically about your business. They provide support, stimulate your thinking, challenge your ideas and give you a second opinion.
Mentors understand that not every business owner is an expert in all matters and can provide assistance in viewing your challenges in a different light, and their knowledge and specialised expertise can point you in the right direction. Finally, mentors can offer caution against potential pitfalls and build your confidence in your own abilities. Is it important to note, however, that a mentor is not a consultant and will not work within your business. Their role is to facilitate open discussion, share knowledge and experience and offer an alternative perspective on a variety of issues. Mentors work to explore and flesh-out ideas, while the mentee turns these into actionable strategies for improvement.