7 Strategies For Making A Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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7 Reasons Why Every Business Leader Needs A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

After working many years in business, both in large companies as well as startups, I’ve realized that you can learn more from peers and mentors than from any formal education program. Best of all, I find mentoring to be fun and fulfilling for both the giver and the receiver.

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Startup Mentors

SoCal CTO

Do you have any suggestions for how to find a good mentor? Great question and I believe that just like finding a Technical Advisor for your startup is critical, finding a good mentor is critical. Mentor vs. Advisor Generally when I talk about startup mentors and advisors, I distinguish them in terms of: Mentor focus is You: The marketing person above is looking for someone to help them with their personal challenge. The same is true of your advisors and mentors.

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Entity Academy, an edtech startup that trains, mentors and places women in tech roles, secures $100M

TechCrunch LA

An edtech startup called Entity Academy — which provides women with training, in areas like data science and software development; mentoring; and ultimately job coaching — has raised $100 million on the heels of strong growth of its business, and an ambition to improve that ratio.

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5 Keys To Maximizing Your Impact In People Mentoring

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all your own work done, as well as run the many one-hour meetings each team member seems to demand for decisions and mentoring. business productivity meetings mentor leadership

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MealswithMentors.com Connects People With Mentors

socalTECH

How do you find someone to help mentor you with your goals, career, or other aspirations? Los Angeles-based Mealswithmentors.com has one way: let you take those mentors out to lunch. The startup, headed by Evan Aaronson, said this week that its site will help connect people with mentors, by taking those mentors out to coffee or lunch at the mentor's favorite restaurant. mealswithmentors mentor mentoring help career marketplace startup

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10 Insights For Locating The Perfect Business Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free. The first cost is networking to find a mentor who is willing and able to give adequate focus to the relationship. Mentoring that consists of random discussions is not very satisfying for either side.

MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100

socalTECH

One Los Angeles group, MentorNight , believes it now has the largest mentor network outside of the local accelerators and incubators, and now has over 100 mentors looking to help up and coming entrepreneurs. The group, which is headed by John Diep and Tony Karrer, said it''s looking to provide a very curated way to create relationships and introduce mentors to those who need their help and guidance. mentornight mentor startup angeles help advice incubator accelerator

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Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?

InfoChachkie

Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. As noted in You''re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor , Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. Bob began his discussion by describing how intimidated he felt when he approached the man who would become his mentor during the subsequent 40-years. Establishing a mentor relationship is emotionally akin to asking someone out on a date.

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7 Keys To Teaming With The Right Mentor For Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Why is it that only the most successful entrepreneurs , including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson, admit to having a mentor and actually use them? Obviously, I’m a big fan of business mentors based on my own experience, since I have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the relationship. I realize that finding a mentor and making the relationship work takes work and commitment on both sides, much like finding a good life partner.

Insights and Opinions: Find A Mentor

socalTECH

Nick Hulse, the Chief Revenue Officer at Rubicon Project says: find a mentor. To accelerate your success there is nothing better than selecting and then learning from great mentors. There are too many business managers and executives that have yet to fully adopt mentors that will help accelerate their learning. I was lucky enough in my career to have three great mentors that I spent an inordinate amount of time with in my early thirties.

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How To Mentor Millennials Into Business Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

As a partially-retired baby-boomer in business, I’ve spent much of the last few years mentoring aspiring millennial entrepreneurs, and I’m always looking for more insights into how to help them. Millennials need our coaching and mentoring to build confidence, to improve how they handle business relationships, tackle new responsibilities, and handle leadership roles. business leadership coaching danita bye mentoring millennials

5 Keys To Effective Entrepreneurial Team Mentoring

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. With the five-minute mentoring approach, the mentee asks for your support in their decision, or asks for your insight on the considerations for them making a future decision. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

10 Required Actions To Make Startup Mentoring Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free. The first cost is networking to find a mentor who is willing and able to give adequate focus to the relationship. Mentoring that consists of random discussions is not very satisfying for either side.

StartEngine May Mentor Mixer

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 -- StartEngine May Mentor Mixer. See [link].

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7 Reasons Entrepreneur Mentoring Is A Win-Win For All

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world. Face-to-face mentoring generates more inspiration.

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. business communication Derek Torrington mentor understandingSome entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating. Fortunately these skills can be learned, and the barriers to communication can be overcome one by one.

How To Transform Your Mentor Relationships Into Lifelong Friendships

InfoChachkie

My relationship with my friend and mentor, Bob Wood, has matured over time. This transition from a unilateral, teacher/student paradigm is essential to sustaining a mentor relationship over the long term. In our case, this evolution has resulted in a rapport which enriches both of our lives, which should be the ultimate goal of any mentor/mentee combination. Stages Of A Typical Mentor Relationship. Most mentoring relationships encompass the following stages.

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10 Keys to Real Entrepreneur Mentoring Satisfaction

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Even one of the richest, Bill Gates , still values his friend Warren Buffett as his mentor. Mentoring is not as simple as one person giving the other all the right answers. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free. Mentoring that consists of random discussions is not very satisfying for either side.

5 Reasons Every Smart Business Owner Seeks A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and business advisor, I find it ironic that many look only to friends for advice. They forget that friends tell you what you want to hear, while good mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you probably don’t need the mentor anymore, but you always need the friend. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach. Before you are ready for a mentor, you must know yourself. Advice is cheap.

10 Keys To Making Mentoring A Win-Win Relationship

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free. The first cost is networking to find a mentor who is willing and able to give adequate focus to the relationship. Mentoring that consists of random discussions is not very satisfying for either side.

Don’t Do Tequila Shots With Your Mentor

InfoChachkie

Mentor relationships are not immune to the laws of human interactions. Without active management on the part of the protégé, the meetings with their mentor will become less frequent and less impactful, ultimately accelerating the end of the relationship. In my exchanges with my friend and mentor, Bob Wood, we engage in a number of activities which keep our time together both fun and productive. Stages Of A Typical Mentor Relationship.

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Is Your Advisor a Critic Posing as a Mentor?

Startup Professionals Musings

Advisors need to be mentors, looking ahead and directing you on key actions to take or avoid. A mentor’s objective is to build your confidence and business understanding with forward-looking insights, while a critic tends to undermine your confidence and spend time on weaknesses rather than strengths. Mentors have no interest in win-lose relationships. Good mentors don’t talk in terms of right or wrong, but in terms of best practices and elements of risk.

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

Both Sides of the Table

I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital. The “what” is well known in LA circles – Troy discovered a little known young singer named Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga and helped her launch her career. The “what” Troy Carter does also led him to be an early investor in Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Warby Parker and several other great startups of the last era.

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Why You Should Enlist a Business Mentor, Or Be One

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience working with startups, the best approach these days is to find and use a good mentor (been there, done that). Of course, mentoring is not new – it’s been the favored way to learn arts and crafts since way back in the middle ages. But I assert that mentoring in business is making a comeback. In fact, the best mentoring doesn’t have to be a huge time sink, and can be done most often by short but regular discussions and message exchanges.

10 Steps To A Productive Mentor-Mentee Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Even one of the richest, Bill Gates , still values his friend Warren Buffett as his mentor. Mentoring is not as simple as one person giving the other all the right answers. Some of the best mentoring relationships don’t involve monetary compensation, but none are free. Mentoring that consists of random discussions is not very satisfying for either side.

LA Technology Scene: StartEngine Entrepreneurs Mix It Up With Mentors

socalTECH

At a recent Mentor Mixer for the accelerator, held last Thursday, the group ran through pitches and mixed and mingled with mentors. They're already having a lot of interaction with mentors, some of them have customers and traction, some of them even have investors already lined up.". Besides meeting new mentors and exchanging business cards, the main focus of the night were the pitches. mentors entrepreneur entrepreneurship accelerator startengine

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Startup Leaders Today Mentor More Than Dictate

Startup Professionals Musings

The servant leader serves the people they lead through mentoring, direct assistance, listening, and acting on their employees input. If the answers surprise you, it may be time to find a leadership mentor. entrepreneur servant leadership startup mentor autocratic businessStartups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic.

Leadership Is From Experience, Mentoring and Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Some will argue that people leadership is a skill you have to be born with, but I’m convinced that it can be learned from experience, mentoring, and failures. They reach to find mentors who have been there, read books on the subject, and participate in leadership development programs. business entrepreneur experience failure leadership mentoringCommittees don’t create successful startups.

Let Five-Minute Mentoring Scale Your Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. With the five-minute mentoring approach, the mentee asks for your support in their decision, or asks for your insight on the considerations for them making a future decision. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

7 Keys to Finding the Right Startup Mentor for You

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness. Like any other relationship, it takes work on both sides to make mentoring work. Decide exactly what it is you need mentoring on before you start thinking of the ideal person to work with.

The Unwritten Secrets for Choosing a Startup Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Every first-time entrepreneur, or even an experienced founder stepping into a new business area, needs a mentor. A mentor is a confidant who has been there and done that, and is willing to guide your steps. In case you think mentors are only for “wimps,” you should know that most great entrepreneurs are quick to give credit to their mentors. Later, the great Warren Buffet became his mentor on many corporate matters. Mentors are not like lovers.

Mentor Secrets for Keeping Your Startup Alive

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup mentor has his favorite list of basic strategies to avoid pitfalls, and I’m no exception. entrepreneur mentor secrets funding founder mistakes businessBehind most great startup success stories is a long list of mistakes! Unfortunately, for every success story you see, there is an even longer list of failure stories with mistakes that you don’t see.

5 Reasons a Startup Mentor Need Not Be Your Friend

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach. A mentor’s aim is to teach you what to do and how, in specific situations, unlike a coach who helps you develop your generic skills for deciding what to do and how.

You Are Never Too Old (or Too Successful) For A Mentor

InfoChachkie

Despite what you might think, you are never too old to benefit from the helpful guidance of a mentor. Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , and a self-professed "Mentee Whore," discusses his secrets to finding and keeping a mentor in this compelling article. Jason''s mentors gave him over $500k to start Docstoc, before he had even created his product. Ask them their story, ask them how they got there, ask them for advice and then ask them to be your mentor.

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Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor, but not a Critic

Startup Professionals Musings

The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The big difference, of course, is that a mentor looks ahead to help you, while a critic looks backward to tell you what you did wrong. We can all learn from both of these approaches, but in my view the mentor is far more valuable than a critic. One of the key characteristics of a successful mentor relationship is trust.

How to Make a Business Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness. Like any other relationship, it takes work on both sides to make mentoring work. Decide exactly what it is you need mentoring on before you start thinking of the ideal person to work with.

3 Secrets of Wildly Successful Mentors

Inverted Software

Listen to Inverted Software’s CEO talk about success, mentorship and the tipping point of your business in this interview with Stephen Woessner. Onward Nation with Stephen Woessner is America’s best podcast for learning how today’s top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve.

Don’t Ask a Best Friend to be Your Startup Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach. A mentor’s aim is to teach you what to do and how, in specific situations, unlike a coach who helps you develop your generic skills for deciding what to do and how.

Five Ways a Business Mentor is More Than a Friend

Startup Professionals Musings

Mentors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the mentor anymore. In that sense, you should think of a mentor more like your advisor who has done all he can. Also don’t confuse a business mentor with a business coach. A mentor’s aim is to teach you what to do and how, in specific situations, unlike a coach who helps you develop your generic skills for deciding what to do and how.

Five-Minute Mentoring for Effective Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities, and limit them to five minutes. With the mentoring approach, the mentee asks for your support in their decision, or asks for your insight on the considerations for them making a future decision. It works, but in all cases, to be a successful mentor, there are some key things you have to do: Be available always.

Finding the Right Business Mentor is Value Squared

Startup Professionals Musings

Every first-time entrepreneur, or even an experienced founder stepping into a new business area, needs a mentor. A mentor is a confidant who has been there and done that, and is willing to guide your steps. In case you think mentors are only for “wimps,” you should know that most great entrepreneurs are quick to give credit to their mentors. Later, the great Warren Buffet became his mentor on many corporate matters. Mentors are not like lovers.

Kauffman Fellows Take On VC Sexual Harassment, Bench Mentor McClure

Xconomy

It provides a two-year mentoring and education program, and then lifelong membership in a global network where members have been screened for integrity and other character traits. (A If you’re looking for a counterpoint to the recent flurry of news stories about sexual harassment and gender bias in the tech sector, the Kauffman Fellows program isn’t a bad place to start.