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What is Business Mentoring?
And What’s the Difference Between a Business Coach and a Business Mentor?
While the aim of coaching is to impart specific skills or to help you become ‘who you need to be’ to achieve success, the purpose of business mentoring is to guide you through a situation, with the mentor having the benefit of experience: ideally having personally ‘been there and done that’ many times before.
This key distinction between a business coach and a mentor is important and is why mentors are most useful when implementing is your biggest challenge. What you are looking for is a mentor who has ‘walked a mile in your shoes’ rather than just learned about a topic and the difference in value between the two is immense.
Why is Business Mentoring important?
The role of your mentor is to guide you through the challenges you are facing, or guide you out of a situation you are in. If you have ever felt frustrated when trying to do something new, or because you were stuck in a situation and couldn’t see what to do next, then you will understand the value of business mentoring and why it’s so beneficial!
You should always choose a mentor who has actually done the thing you are trying to, do or faced the mountain you are trying to climb.
Who is Mentoring for?
- A business owner or entrepreneur looking for the most efficient pathway to move their business forward.
- A CEO, professional or seasoned leader wanting independent “walked a mile in my shoes” support to help drive better results, faster.
- An emerging leader looking to accelerate their progress.
What’s the Point?
Stuart’s unique experience as a turnaround/interim CEO who was paid to navigate people and businesses away from dire circumstances, his experience as a business owner who has tasted both success and the bitterness of needing to close a business down, and his experiences leading businesses with more than 1,500 staff, means he has faced an incredible range of scenarios, and that’s what you want in a mentor. This experience, together with his patient, practical nature and his proven coaching methodologies mean Stuart is equipped to be both a coach and a mentor in a way that very few people are.
What are your options?
Targeted mentoring programs are often provided to support the achievement of important longer-term objectives, so that candidates are able to receive practical help in particular areas or with specific problems. Mentoring sessions are most commonly held in person or via Skype. Often times Stuart will begin a relationship with a client providing both coaching, and when the required skills, systems and practices have been learned and put into place, will continue working with a client in a mentoring capacity to help a client get some “muscle” implementing what they have learned, until they outgrow his help and are ready to move forward alone.