Deciding on a mentorBlog added by Ernest Falkner III on April 11, 2011
Ernest Falkner III

Ernest Falkner III

Birmingham, AL

Joined: September 20, 2010

Some say advice is cheap. In my case it was free, yet it was some of the best wisdom I ever received. I was fortunate early in my career to associate with a highly effective and influential professional executive. Routinely, he generously gave me the benefits of his experience and sage guidance at critical times. Many of his directions were game changers.
 
Although he was vital to many successes, he also said, "don’t stop with me.” He stressed repeatedly that to be exceptional, one needs to have exceptional people in their circle to both advise in direction and assist in the execution of their plans. What that meant was that in spiritual matters, have a spiritual mentor … have a business mentor … and develop selected others that you are willing to trust and commit to.
 
Once chosen, each mentor should be held to the same model. You will want to create your own. My criteria was/is four steps:
  • Due diligence: The deliberate search for expertise and relationship connections

  • Commitment: The continuing bond/responsibility that each party will vow to uphold

  • Solution: The definable positive production results from the association

  • Action: The constant challenge/encouragement that effective mentorship requires
Here’s the deal: Today everything is at digital speed. It’s getting harder to gain objectivity and perspective. It’s also becoming more challenging to find people you can trust. You see the picture. The question is would it make your life better and/or easier if you had specific mentors?
 
Transferable concept: Decide on mentors.

Various other articles and perspectives on this subject:

How to find a mentor, by Fred Smith

Questions to ask in choosing an effective mentor, by Joyce Richmond

The Difference Between a Coach, Mentor, and Consultant?, by Bryant Nielsen

Discovery    Commitment    Solution    Action
 
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