What can a business mentor do for you?
It has been claimed that everyone who succeeds has had a business mentor; that is, someone who has taken an active interest in his or her professional development.
In Ancient Greek mythology Mentor was a friend of Odysseus. When Odysseus left to besiege Troy he left the care of his son and palace with Mentor.
In school, you may need to explore potential career choices or you may need guidance about how to make the best of college resources. Or you may need help in making the transition from student to worker.
While you are looking for work , you might be able to use some help to check your resume and cover letters, to help you get your foot in the door or to introduce you to other resources such as a professional organization.
In the world of work there is much research to indicate that those professionals and executives who report having had one or more mentors are typically happier with their career progress, earn more, and achieve more senior leadership roles than those who do not.
Why do you need a mentor?
Mentors are essential at all stages of your career
A mentor is a trusted guide, answer wizard, confidante, and champion. Whether you are just completing school, job hunting or beginning to work, there is always some uncharted territory you must navigate.
In a large organisation environment, the people who are most successful in transitioning to leadership roles are those who are able to adopt a ‘chameleon-like’ approach to selecting role models, from whom they can learn effective behaviours and skills This ‘chameleon’ strategy is characterised by a willingness to pick and choose from the most effective behaviours exhibited by a range of role-models, a readiness to experiment with new ways of doing things, and the ability to integrate new behaviours in a manner which is authentic and fits with the individuals own personal style and character.
While your direct manager is responsible for training you to do your job, your mentor will help you excel at your job."
So what do business mentors do?
Business Mentors can help you develop professionally and achieve your career goals?
Mentoring in business is a relationship that gives you the opportunity to learn from the experience of another, as well as to achieve new insights and perspectives in the sharing of and reflection on your own experience.
Some of the important functions that mentoring in business can include being a:
Coach or counsellor,
Career opportunities and prospects,
So what is the difference between coaching and mentoring?