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Mentoring



May 12th, 2015

women-mentors.jpgMentoring programs help women succeed in business. While some women choose male mentors, there are benefits that come with woman-to-woman mentoring. Women are more likely to be able to achieve their full potential, in both their business and personal lives, by taking advantage of these benefits.

Female Mentors Relate

Women face unique challenges in the business world. Men may have difficulty relating to these challenges or feel uncomfortable discussing them so they may not be well addressed in male-to-female mentoring relationships. Women mentors address these issues head on, they are able to share their knowledge and experience on a wide array of subjects, examples of this may include how to receive the same amount of funding for startups and how to juggle and balance home and work responsibilities. By addressing these challenges, women are able to overcome them and place themselves on the path to success.

Able to Address Emotional Concerns

While men tend to be logical and practical where it comes to making decisions, women draw on both logic and their emotional intelligence skills (emotions) when it comes to making decisions and leading a team. When women choose women mentors, they receive the practical and emotional advice and support they need. From toxic workplaces to confidence issues, women mentors are great at addressing and validating the emotional aspects of decision-making that many women face in their work lives. Once addressed, women are able to handle these concerns more adeptly while at work and in their personal lives. 

Intuitive

Both men and women are intuitive, but women are taught from a young age to be receptive to their intuition, while men are often taught to discount or ignore it. Intuition helps female mentors recognize issues and concerns that businesswomen have buried deep within them. Female mentors bring the issues to the surface and help the women deal with them so they don't get in the way of their success in the workplace.

Woman to woman mentoring programs help women succeed in business. If you find yourself repeatedly coming up short in your business endeavors, take part in a mentoring program. You will be amazed by how much further you can go when you have the help of a mentor!


October 12th, 2014

mentoring_0.jpgA mentor is a very valuable asset in any business or personal situation, especially if you are striving to meet certain goals. Turning to someone who has experienced what you are going through and can offer sound, knowledgeable advice and good networking connections can mean the difference between success and failure. 

Not just anyone can be your mentor, however. There are certain qualities and values a good mentor has. When you are trying to choose a mentor, be on the lookout for these things. 

Style and Personality 

You will want your personality and leadership styles to mesh with that of your mentor. If you are take charge and they are more inclined to stand back, their advice may not work well for you. Similarly, if your potential mentor is very outgoing but you prefer to do your best work in the background, the same techniques may not be successful for both of you. 

Resources 

Sort out what you need from your mentor — is it business connections, a person to bounce ideas off, or someone who is in the same industry but is a few steps ahead of you? Be sure your mentor is able to provide what you want, and also, that you are not asking too much of one person. 

Willingness 

Mentorship should also be a two way street, in some regards. Make sure your mentor of choice is someone to whom you can show gratitude without feeling awkward or strange. While you are the one being helped the most, it does not hurt to say thank you as much as you can. 

Your mentor may be right in front of you — as a family member, colleague, spiritual advisor, or other respectable person in your life. You may not have to look far to choose a mentor, but choose wisely and take your time.


July 30th, 2014

shutterstock_127797593.jpgThe business world can be notoriously cut-throat. Success is measured and valued by others according to business growth, net profits and performance reviews. Period. Yet, that’s not the entire story, and it certainly doesn’t give an aspiring businessperson the full picture of success. Success, in fact, is much more complex and multifaceted than anything the bottom line can reflect. That’s why mentoring can be an essential component for those working in business. 

True success comes from a much deeper place. How you do anything is how you do everything, and an effective mentor can work wonders in supporting their mentee’s understanding of how they play an active role in crafting and creating their business relationships. Business, perhaps more than most fields, is relational. As a business person, you are never outside that web of relations, and mentorship is a crucial addition to that network. A mentor can provide essential feedback with an outsider’s fresh perspective because they are not entangled in the same web of workplace interrelations. They have the ability to see workplace issues as a series of patterns that can be very freeing for the mentee.

 A true mentor, however, is not simply someone who listens and guides, but is a thinking partner. You come to a mentor session with a specific and unique set of experiences, and the mentor can help draw out possibilities and potential that already exist. 

You also may have general goals in mind for where you want your career to go. Maybe you’d like to be a team leader, a manager, a director, a CEO, or to retire early but are not sure how to attain these goals. A mentor is, by definition, someone with more experience than the mentee, and can work with you to develop practical, career-enhancing plans. 

Ultimately, a mentor can help you cultivate success and true satisfaction with YOUR place in the business world.


July 25th, 2013

Tips for Creating a Successful Mentorship Experience

When you have the good fortune to connect with the mentor of your dreams you need to be prepared to make the most of the relationship. Here are some tips to get you started: a_different_path_copy.jpg

1. Come to the relationship prepared - know what you want from it.

2. Choose a mentor based on your goals. Look for one that inspires you, whose values and vision aligns with your own! 

3. Look for a mentor who demonstrates the skills & abilities that you want to learn, one that has the network connections that will expose you to further growth & development, or, to the connections you need to expand your market exposure.

4. You can have more than one mentor!

5. Look at mentors that are outside of your field. Don’t limit yourself to people that work within your current organization – look up and out to other places. Diversity might spark your creative juices! What possibilities can you discover by exposing yourself to the richness of other worlds? 

6. Be open and clear with your mentor about your goals. Let them know what you are seeking, i.e. help with professional skill development - such as communication skills, or managing difficult employees, or, how to move your career forward.

7. Write your goals down and give a copy to your mentor so they can have them readily available to refresh their memory, or when an opportunity arises that they think might be right for you. 

8. Establish a written contract that reflects both your goals for the term of your mentorship. Check-in on your progress at each of your meetings.

9. Mentoring is a two-way street. Most mentors are life-long learners that are hungering to learn as well. You are a rich source of information & fresh ideas - they want to know what you know! Consider: what value will you offer your mentor in return for sharing their time, knowledge, and networks with you?

10. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need – remember the premise of the relationship is your success!

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