Main navigation

This morning was my mentoring morning…I allow one day once a month where I make sure I find the time to spend with upcoming entrepreneurs at all different stages on their journeys. I find it fascinating sharing my journey and learning about all various types of business ideas. I help however I can…Which reminded me of a post I wrote in August 2014, where I was at an event hosted by Lynn Kraus.

I sometimes find myself in a difficult situation – I receive on average two requests every day about becoming a mentor. This is flattering and I always want to ‘help’ – but I often don’t think I am qualified. I happily share from my experience and what I have learned along the way (which I do by blogging and speaking), however it is simply not possible to mentor 730 people each year.

At the time of original writing, I attended an insightful event hosted by EY Office Managing Partner Lynn Kraus. She put together a great panel to talk about “Sponsoring the next generation of leaders”. The panel included The Honourable Anna Bligh (CEO of YWCA NSW and former QLD premier) andChristine Holgate (CEO Blackmores,) and was facilitated by renowned journalist Catherine Fox.

I listened intently – looking for an answer to my own special situation.

Here is some of the gold:

  • Mentors come and go from people’s lives – depending on the circumstances at the time. It is often rare to have a ‘mentor’ for life. We all need role models and we can often get the insights we are looking for from a distance.
  • Mentors can be both inside and outside an organization – they can come from anywhere in the community.
  • There needs to be some level of ‘chemistry’ or rapport for the relationship to really work. Trust and respect are paramount. It helps if there is some connection.
  • Setting expectations and a particular outcome (ie a goal) also works to focus the conversation and maximize the benefits for both parties.
  • It is important to leave the ‘mentorship’ with integrity and trust – perhaps a dinner or lunch to celebrate the achievement of the goals. Something to symbolize the end of the arrangement.
  • A mentor can learn and get value from the mentorship as the old proverb says “The teacher learns when they teach.

There are many industry bodies that have formal mentoring programs – Company Directors, AHRI, and Institute of Marketing to name a few.

Mentorship is extremely rewarding no matter where one fits in the ‘eco system’. It was inspiring to hear the role that a ‘big sister’ has as part of the YWCA Big Brother Big Sister program – and her impact on a young life – by being a consistent mature friend.

Though it was not discussed specifically in the session I have also found that peer-to-peer support can be equally rewarding. I am involved with Entrepreneurs Organization – which does just that. And Business Chicks has many and varied events offering members opportunities to meet and share experiences with peers.

Christine shared some particular statistics (I did not get the source). 80% of women feel that they are some how ‘disadvantaged’ in their place of work compared to opportunities available to their male peers. This number is reduced by 70% when they have a ‘sponsor’ or ‘mentor’ in a senior role who they believe has their best interests at heart. (If someone knows the source can you let me know).

This post and this morning was a great reminder and has helped me consider how I can best support those who approach me and also what I seek from mentors too.

Reader Interactions

Leave a comment
*All fields are required

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

join the conversation
@ the huddle
Click to discover how I can help you progress to the next level through my Facebook Community The Huddle.

@naomisimson

  • Had a ball on set for @theloopeleven tune in now.... 📺💃🏼
  • Coming up on @theloopeleven this morning on @stweedie and @livphyland ask me to pick which businesses are real and which is not see you there st 9.00am @eleven_tv
  • A minute to relax before the BIG event this weekend @getredii @redballoonexperiences #paradise @tropicalnorthqueensland
  • #tbt to my daughters 21st with my sister... looks like we are in uniform 💃 #family
  • She looks just like me ! 💃 #redshark

follow

download the book

To learn more, enter your email for a FREE copy of Ready To Soar, Chapter One.

close x
  • enter your first name
  • enter your email
  • download the book

    To Learn more, enter
    email for a Free
    copy of Ready to Soar,
    Chapter One
    plus an invitation to join
    The Huddle Facebook community.

  • enter your first name
  • enter you email