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We all need mentors

Whether you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, millennial, apprentice or the average person looking to get ahead, we all need help, guidance and support. We all need mentors.

It is sometimes easier to recognize certain mentors such as teachers who mentor their scholars, professors who mentor their university students, managers mentoring team leaders etc., but sometimes a mentor may just be that person who says something that makes all the difference. 

It does not matter where you turn, you will come across people who mention that they have had at least one mentor who has helped them. Just ask someone. Since most of us are not experts at everything, you will more than likely encounter many mentors without even realizing it.

We believe that people have the wrong idea about mentoring. In fact anyone may be a mentor, as long as they have more experience than the next person, and are willing to share their knowledge to help someone else.

It is all about the willingness to share information, provide guidance and collaborate with one another to help people reach their goals. A mentor may even be that person whom you simply bounce ideas off, or where their experience provides you with a clearer picture or understanding.

 

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

When it comes to small businesses or entrepreneurs, some statistics have indicated that “70% of Small businesses that receive mentoring survive more than 5 years, double the survival rate of non-mentored businesses”.

The point is that if you are growing a business, you will want guidance from those who have been there and done that. We all know that experience is something that prevents you from making mistakes, so why not get the help from someone who gets it, who has been in your shoes, who has some understanding of what you are going through and what you need.

“Small business owners are looking for real advice from those that have had experience in running a business.” According to David Mann OAM, 3AW Mann about Town, Member of the Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council, MC and Presenter.

“Small businesses need all the help they can get, but they don’t need it from umpires that have never played the game.” Mark Brennan- Inaugural Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Inaugural Federal Small Business Commissioner.

 

 

 

Entrepreneurs

An excerpt from Richard Branson’s book: The Virgin Way - “So please, take it from me: no matter how incredibly smart you think you are, or how brilliant, disruptive or plain off -the-wall your new concept might be, every start-up team needs at least one good mentor. Someone, somewhere, has already been through what you are convinced nobody else has ever confronted! Okay, so their version may have been analogue rather than digital, but trust me, many of the business fundamentals are exactly the same. Building a new business takes more than technological skills and creative genius – it needs people, and if you’re going to create a great culture as well as a great product, those people need tending to in a plethora of different ways”.

“Need we say more.”

You may just like to consider having many mentors rather than just one. This way you will have experts in their particular area guiding you. Mentors Insync gives you the opportunity to do just that. 

 

Millennials

We know you are eager to get ahead quickly, that you want feedback and to be provided with the right resources.  We also know you have high expectations of your employers and that you set high standards for yourselves. 

Work is a key part of your life and therefore you look for work that is personally fulfilling. You see your work as the place to make new friends, learn new skills and to connect to a greater purpose that is socially beneficial.

We also recognize that you too have a lot to offer and therefore reverse mentoring, group mentoring and anonymous mentoring may not only benefit you, but your organization as well.  

 

Apprentices

Most apprentices receive in training support also known as mentoring. For some you may know it as “learning on the job.” The point is we all had to learn somewhere, we all had to gain the skills by watching or learning from someone else, and even if you were thrown into the deep-end, there was still someone you could turn to for help. You may have forgotten who helped you.

An apprentice that is provided with the knowledge and skills is able to skill-up quicker, which ensures they spend more time being productive.

“Statistics have shown that, on average, apprentices who participate in a mentoring program are up to 15% more likely to complete their apprenticeship than those that do not have a mentor.”

As per the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network - “Current completion rates for some apprenticeships are as low as 50 per cent. Quite often young apprentices who have just stepped into the workforce struggle with things we take for granted. This can be as simple as traveling to work or their training provider, managing their personal budgets and even the best way to approach workplace issues. Having a Mentor as a sounding board is often all they need to ask the right questions and talk openly in a supportive environment.”

Mentoring an apprentice means you are the role model and leader. With the right guidance and support as well as encouragement, an apprentice is not only able to performs better, but will be grateful for your help and will remain more loyal and committed.

You too may learn something from the apprentice, as they have current knowledge of the profession.

 

Individuals

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John Crosby

Everyone needs mentorship, including CEOs, women seeking to progress in male dominated environments and executives seeking board roles.

Often people seek out mentors when they are looking to get ahead in their careers however, sometimes it may just be for other reasons such as:

  • Gaining a greater understanding of career options and directions
  • Increasing self-awareness and self-discipline
  • Expanding personal and professional networks
  • Having an impartial sounding board to bounce ideas off
  • Gaining feedback on personal and professional development
  • Having the encouragement to help you achieve your goals

Whatever your reason, having a mentor to support you is just a 'no brainer'. You do not have to struggle through life when it is proven that most successful people have taken the plunge and had the right guidance to help them get ahead. With Mentors Insync you can too, because we believe everyone should have access to mentoring and now you do not have to look any further. We will do whatever we can to help you find the right people who will be able to help you.

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