4 Tips For Choosing A New Mentor
Did you know that working with a mentor could increase your chances of growing your contracting business by a factor of five? With such a big increase, it makes sense to get a mentor, but that doesn’t mean you should jump into a mentor relationship with the first mentor that comes along. Choosing the right mentor is critical to your success. So, it’s really important to evaluate the opportunity, to make sure they are right for you. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when making your decision.
Determine what you need
Do you know what skills you need to learn right now or in a years’ time?
A good mentor needs to help you succeed today before helping you succeed in the future. To help you find the right person, you need to determine, the skills you want to improve now and the skills you want to learn in the next 12-18 months. As most mentor and mentee relationship lasts around 12-18 months, finding the one with the right skills set for you to learn from is vital.
Do You Share Working Styles
Everyone works in different ways, it makes us all unique, and helps us succeed in business in different ways. When assessing your potential mentor find out if their working style complements or clashes with yours.
Do you share these same qualities?
- Honesty and practiced communication skills
- Lateral thinking
- Lifelong dedication to learning
Do you share the same world views and philosophies?
Working with a mentor who shares the same world views and philosophies as you is important in having a successful relationship. The odds of finding someone who matches your views 100% is slim but some differences will help you grow as a person. However, you need some common ground, so find someone who matches your views in learning, determination, thoughtfulness and trust.
Does your potential mentor challenge you?
It might not come as a surprise, that you won’t learn anything new if your mentor doesn’t challenge you and get you to consider new perspectives. Although you should share broad philosophies with your mentor, you need to consider your potential mentor’s ability to bounce ideas back and forth with you. Your new mentor should be able to challenge your ideas, help you find answers to your questions without spoon-feeding you the answers, and someone who doesn’t routinely dismiss your ideas.
Choosing the wrong mentor can set back your contracting business instead of making it better. You should consider the 4 tips above before making the commitment and joining forces with any mentor. It could be one of the most important career decisions you will ever make.