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In today’s fast-paced business world, having a mentor can be the difference between success and failure. A mentor can provide invaluable advice and guidance that helps you stay on the path to success. But what are the three most vital elements of a healthy mentoring relationship? Let’s explore.
Who Are Your Mentors?
Your mentors should have qualifications in an area that can help your business succeed. They should have experience and knowledge that they can share with you so that you can make smarter decisions for your company. You may have multiple mentors—for example, one mentor who is great at marketing and another who is an expert in finance. It’s important to find mentors who specialize in areas related to your goals so that they can provide useful advice and insights.
In the early 80’s, I walked into James L. Winner’s office & told him that I was going to work for him. I was a raw, cocky college age kid full of enthusiasm but knew nothing on how to interview. All I knew is that I was enrolled in my 1st Dale Carnegie Course & I knew that I wanted to tell the whole world about its benefits. Mr. Winner was the Sponsor for the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles & Beaumont, Texas (Golden Triangle) area Dale Carnegie Training Systems. I didn’t know that you don’t just walk in a TELL a President you’re going to work for him. He thought I was nuts. He was right. But I must’ve caught him on a good day & he decided to give me one assignment. Little did I know if I failed that one assignment, my future with his organization would be over before it started. WRITE THIS DOWN.
The #1 ingredient in a mentorship is that YOU MUST BE COACHABLE.
His assignment was to go out and meet 100 business people & come back to him and report the results. (He later confided in me that he thought he’d never see me again.)
At the end of the following day, I showed up at his office with a yellow pad of 100 names and what they said & who wanted appointments.
He said I couldn’t go on any appointments because I didn’t know what to say. I replied, “well, I guess we’re going together”. (At the time of this writing I estimate I have now conducted approximately 19,550 one-on-one appointments.
All because I completed the FIRST ASSIGNMENT.
Mentoring simply defined is when someone more experienced or knowledgeable provides guidance to someone who needs help in their field or profession. This could be anything from career advice to learning how to handle difficult situations with clients or customers. Mentors don’t necessarily need to be older than you, but they do need to have more experience than you in whatever area you want help with. Having a mentor is like having an extra set of eyes on a project, which can provide valuable insights into potential pitfalls before they become problems.
4 Most Vital Elements of a Healthy Mentoring Relationship
A healthy mentoring relationship encompasses all four of these vital elements— coachability, respect, open communication, and support—and without them it cannot reach its full potential as a powerful tool for personal growth and development within any given industry or profession. Finding quality mentors who possess these traits isn’t always easy but it's worth pursuing because having someone knowledgeable by your side during tough times or major decisions can make all the difference in reaching your desired outcome as a small business owner or sales manager! Take some time today to invest in finding great mentors who reflect these ideals!
Peace, love & gumbo!
Marvin LeBlanc, LUTCF, CNP
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