No longer are professional career mentors just for the elite. In fact it’s actually considered a great strategy for anyone, especially for those wanting to get ahead much faster. It's a bit like a personal trainer but for your work fitness - consistency, accountability and with an end goal. In fact, in the gender diversity space mentors for women are part of a recommended strategy to help keep women focused on career progression, “leaning in” and leadership pipelines.
In order to find a mentor, you could ask a senior person in your circle of influence to mentor you for free. Or in the absence of a senior person, you could pay for a mentor. Why not consider a combination of the both? And one of the big benefits of the paid mentor over a free mentor is that the paid mentor’s first priority is you.
So to help you make your mind up about whether or not Ambition Revolution mentoring is for you here are my top 10 reasons why you could and should have a mentor.
1. You’ll end up working on a program tailored to suit your exact requirements. Your program will be a combination of practical, tactical and strategic – blending long term goals with short term strategies and vice versa.
2. You have someone to hold you accountable, to check up on you and give you a nudge when you need.
3. You have someone to bounce ideas off - who doesn’t have a vested interest in anything other than your results. Plus they won't mind if your ideas are wobbly or only half formed. You get to try out all your worst ideas outside of the office in a safe environment. Your executive team will simply get to see the finished product.
4. You get someone to keep you motivated and get you through dips and slumps, keeping you focused on the end game and reminding you how far you’ve come so far.
5. You have someone to keep you confident and feeling self assured. Did you know that when it comes to success, confidence correlates at least as closely to confidence as competence?
Want to know more about that? Read Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s telling article in the Atlantic The Confidence Gap
6. Your commitment is only one hour per fortnight – with tactical, specific homework on your career strategy between sessions (not some random case study).
7. You’ll have someone to help you focus. As you’ve probably heard about with recent research into the flow state – there is an amazing correlation between flow, focus and results and a quite telling inverse correlation between focus and effort. So here’s the thing. When focus increases? Perceived effort seems to fall. You find yourself in the zone and work becomes more meaningful and you become happier. Want to learn more about flow? Check out Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED talk
8. Wisdom and guidance from someone who has been there or at the very least has other clients working through the same issues.
9. You’ll feel like you are growing and developing even though the focus is on your work. Work on your career will have never felt so much like fun!
10. You'll feel like you have more time left in your week to focus on all the other things that are also important - friends, family and wellness. We've all heard that old maxim that when we are lying on our death bed we're not going to say "I wish I spent more time at the office".
Curious? I've been having fun again with technology. Check out my latest video on the benefits of mentoring!
Vive la révolution! Ambition Revolution!
I am the creator of The Ambition Revolution – the science and art of amping smart and savvy.
I mentor ambitious professionals to ensure they remain strategic, agile and focused on the bigger game.
- I also with organisations who are trying to increase the profile of women in leadership, but struggling to do so.