Hello SOTGC community,
Today we’re talking about how to know if you have picked the right mentor for you. One of the biggest hang-ups people have when working with a mentor is they assume once they pick one…they are with that person indefinitely. Not true. At any given point you can have one or several mentors because you can never have enough help building your educational reserves. As you achieve your objectives you WILL grow out of your mentor and pick new ones as you set new goals.
Once you have clearly defined your career goals with your mentor (Example: I am currently a Principal Account Manger in sales and my goal is to become Marketing Program Manager, etc) it’s good to set monthly face to face (or phone call) meetings to talk about areas for development, what you’ve improved since the last meeting, and what other opportunities are coming up that you can be part of to help get you to your goals.
One of the things I did with my first mentor (when he was with our company) was share my new goal with him after achieving my previous objectives. I had found an inefficiency in our business model that, if fixed, would increase revenue and shorten the sales cycle across the nation. I knew it would work because I had been successfully doing it in my own territory at the time and if scaled properly, could have a positive national impact. It was a project my mentor also believed in, and when he was promoted to Area Vice President he created a national group (myself included) dedicated to building this platform, and proving the ROI of what this initiative would create. I was pulled onto this team, and my mentor also placed me on other projects going on in the company to increase my company visibility and get me experience working with my peers around the nation.
- Clearly define your goals
- Create a solution for an inefficiency in the system that could HELP the company
- Do your current job AND that job to showcase it’s effectiveness AND your ability to implement your proposed solution
- Be patient but persistent because these opportunities sometimes take time to create
And your mentor responds by creating opportunities to showcase your idea or pulling you into teams and projects that will help you get to your goals, then you have found the right mentor. If you’ve been working with your mentor for months and doing all these above-mentioned things, and still nothing is moving forward, then find another mentor.
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