“There is nothing more satisfying
than working with clients to
achieve their potential!”
Vic Dorsen, Mentor and Director of TCG.
The Role of Mentor
A mentor is someone with extensive business experience and knowledge who can advise and guide you on a range of business matters. Mentoring can be delivered one-on-one or in a group environment.
A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within and helps develop potential. Richard Branson believes “If you ask any successful business person, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road. If you want success then it takes hard work, hard work and more hard work. But it also takes a little help along the way; if you are determined and enthusiastic then people will support you.”
Whether you are just starting out or want to expand your business, it’s always a good idea to extend your business support network and a mentor can help you do this.
In order to maximise the effectiveness of mentoring relationships, specific goals and action plans are needed. Such relationships are built on trust, honesty and confidentiality throughout the process and for the relationship to be productive, good and frank communication is essential.
Vic Dorsen has been mentoring people over many years both within the organisations he has managed and outside where people have come to him for guidance.
It’s important to remember that mentors will not solve problems for you. A true mentor will cause you to ask the right questions that help you get to where you want to be, and they’ll call you out when they know you’re accepting less of yourself, your vision or your team. They’ll help you frame your problem and they’ll help you check the assumptions and belief systems that are holding you back, so you spend less time spinning your wheels and wasting precious capital.
Among the many reflective statements made by people who have engaged a mentor, the following are worth mentioning.
- “I hired a mentor because I want and need accountability. I want to push myself — and that’s hard to do without someone holding me accountable.”
- “I want an outside perspective. I want to learn from people who’ve helped run dozens of companies. A mentor knows where to look for problems and he has a knack for knowing when I’m slacking off or what I’m avoiding. It’s like hiring a secret weapon.”
- “As a business owner, I’m focused and motivated, but I don’t always make time for strategic thinking because I’m busy serving clients.”
- “My mentor helps me take a step back and think more strategically about the business and determine how the employees and clients can best address my vision.”
- “In one hour a week, I make significant progress on business issues and the strategies that I believe have a strong impact on the business. It’s invaluable.”
Consider using a Mentor when:
- Your business is growing, or you are transitioning into a different phase.
- You need a sounding board and reassurance
- You’re looking to develop talent as part of succession planning
- You want to develop team members beyond just competencies and skills
- There is a need to retain and transfer internal experiences and expertise
- You want to increase productivity
- You see it as an investment!
A great mentor will help illuminate the path while alerting you to unforeseen danger.