Business Mentor Definition
What is the formal Business Mentor Definition?
A Mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser according to Google's dictionary or may be otherwise known as a guide, confidant or consultant. At Business Mentoring, Australia a mentor is a trusted adviser who keeps information and conversations confidential and objective and gives you the tools and resources to trust your decision-making process, give you the motivation to build new skills and to increase your business practice potential.
At Business Mentoring Australia, your mentor can work with you, a Mentee to reach your personal and professional goals.
As a Mentee, you are a smart, intelligent person who has the answers to all your issues, sometimes the answers are easier to retrieve or understand than others. A Business Mentor is a professional who can give you the tools and resources to unlock your answers, help to develop your business plans, provide you with ideas for business development or even get you closer to starting your own business.
Why do you need a Business Mentor?
When you get home from work, do you have someone you vent to about your day? If the answer is 'yes', does that person give you practical tools to solve your struggles, or do they just listen, or pretend to listen?
If the answer is 'no', Alex Osborn (1888-1966) was an advertising executive and author of the creativity technique named brainstorming. Alex predicted brainstorming can create up to 50% more ideas than if someone was working on their own. Without someone to debrief to, you tend to stay emotional about something for longer or procrastinate about making a decision because you are unsure how to approach it.
A Business Mentor doesn't have the emotional ties to your organisation like you do and a Mentor is skilled in Active Listening and providing you with a way forward. A Business Mentor is more objective when it comes to solving problems, coming up with streamlined practices or dealing with people performance. A Business Mentor is a logical adviser who can work with you to point out the facts so you can move on with your career growth.
If you are looking for career growth, you will need a professional toolkit including skills in strategy, leadership and often you will need to know how to navigate office politics and deal with people management. Your Business Mentor can help you with this.
Mentor in Business
Many organisations have leadership programs, however, they are generally only provided to staff who are already in leadership positions. If you are not currently managing staff, you would most likely miss out on these business opportunities.
Business Mentoring as a profession has been a pivotal point of difference for centuries and can help you to reach your short and long-term professional and personal goals by keeping you committed and on track.
What is the difference between a Business Mentor and a Business Coach?
A Business Coach is someone who is trained in a specific area and delivers specific training. A Business Coach may give you specific training on Time Management or Deal with difficult customers in the form of a workshop, online training course or theory.
A Business Mentor is similar to coaching in that a Mentor gives you training, but in a more holistic style to ensure you are able to build lifelong skills.
The holistic approach to Business Mentoring gives you ongoing weekly support to work through practical struggles you are having. Your Mentor can act as a sounding board for new business ideas, give you advise on how to deal with difficult colleagues or staff and share their knowledge and advise to develop your professional growth.
The Business Mentoring Process
The first 30min 1:1 Business Mentor Consultation with Business Mentoring Australia is free and is primarily used to build rapport and an understanding of what your goals are, what you would like to achieve, and for your Mentor to gather some information about your background and build a historical picture about what your professional skills are to date.
Subsequent mentoring sessions are then to used to reflect on your week, analyse any struggles you may have had, celebrate your successes and give you tools and resources to be able to build your strategy toolkit to be able to have fewer struggles and celebrate more wins during the next meeting.
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