Posted by: louiseheasman | January 28, 2010

What should you be looking for in a Business Mentor?

I’ve had a number of business mentors over the years and I would say they have all have played a major role in helping me achieve the success that I’ve had.

Even though I’m a business mentor and strategist myself now, helping to support other business owners, I find that it’s even more important for me now to use business mentors to keep me on top of my game.

So what should you be looking for in your search for a good mentor? Here is my 3 main criteria:

A good Business Mentor will always challenge you

Sometimes being stretched or challenged can be a painful process but if you are going to make changes and grow, it’s an essential one. Feeling the excitement and seeing the light goes on is often the start of a really rewarding journey. Moving your business forward in GIANT steps rather than getting to your destination at a snail’s pace has to be a priority.

A Business Mentor should always be inspiring

When it comes to selecting a mentor it’s crucial to work with someone who has really exceeded in an area you want to improve or has a proven track record in that area. Mentors need to have that kind of gravitas rather than just spouting theory. So always look for someone who has either been there and done that and/or has helped other business owners like you to achieve their goals.

As they say, actions speak louder than words!

A Business Mentor needs to be solutions orientated

Whilst fresh ideas, angles, and up-to-date knowledge needs to be shared during your sessions, this should be only part of the story. It’s extremely important that your mentor offers solutions, support and ideas on the how.

It can be frustrating if you’ve been inspired by new ideas but really don’t have any idea on how to implement them. You can waste a lot of time and money going around the houses. So a good mentor will always support you in pointing you in the right direction.

So what do YOU look for in a good business mentor?


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