We all need a person in our lives that gives insight and wisdom to help us grow, listens when times are difficult and encourages us when we’re down.
Life is tough and work can often make things tougher. Sometimes we’re too busy, sometimes not busy enough. Sometimes we have challenging projects and constant change (like buying new equipment or hiring new people), can often be daunting.
In my own life, I’ve found that things can sometimes be made easier when you have a mentor that you can confide in, lean on and learn from.
A mentor is someone that is dedicated to helping you grow and progress as a person and as a professional.
A mentor has several characteristics:
1. Selfless. They do not have a selfish bone in their bodies. They listen, encourage and guide others with that person’s best interests in mind.
2. Long term thinking. Good mentors are interested in seeing the people they mentor grow over the long term. They help shape behaviors, perspectives, attitudes and keep people focused on creating value, enduring change and improving.
3. Accountability. Mentors hold you accountable and challenge you to see the positive opportunities presented by challenges. They want to see you grow in your thinking, talents and treasure (wealth).
P1 has undergone many changes these past two years and we have just embarked on yet another quest for major change. As our core customers shift and change and our core products become cheaper and more commoditized, this is pushing us to diversify.
We’re looking at new industries, new customers, new products and new materials. We are leveraging technology to enhance our sales processes and how we manage production and customer service.
In today’s world, small businesses that embrace change and technology will thrive in the long term.
It’s important for everyone in our business to do two things. First, find a mentor. Find someone whose word you trust and who is reliable. Build a relationship with them and ask them to mentor you. Second, be a mentor to a younger person. Generously share your wisdom, insights and strengths.
What is the main benefit of effective mentoring? If we can build a culture of mentoring, then we’ll become a dynamic learning environment that can shift and change to meet our market’s and customer’s expanding expectations. We will thrive when others fail.
Be intentional about creating an environment that handles ongoing change with excellence. Are you doing this in your small business?
Be a mentor and be mentored!