The Visionary Group Selective Discuss the Qualities of a Business Mentor
Matthew Goodchild, CEO and President of The Visionary Group Selective is often heard to say that you can never underestimate the value of a strong business mentoring relationship. However, many people don’t understand just what a good mentoring relationship really is. When asked, Matthew Goodchild says there are at least three really important facets of business mentoring but, perhaps, above all is trust.
He explains that those who are just starting out in any business put their trust in that one person who accepts the responsibility of mentoring them. They trust that they will be given good advice; advice that is based on experience and knowledge. “If you can’t trust your mentor,” Matthew Goodchild says, “you will be off to a rocky start. After all, this is the person who is supposed to be imparting wisdom to you and if you can’t believe in what they are saying, you aren’t learning anything at all, are you?”
Secondly, a business mentor should want to be a mentor. One of the worst things a company can do is to appoint mentors who really don’t want the responsibility of taking someone under their wing. The Visionary Group Selective is often asked to work with businesses on recruiting top talent and in the process, they explain to clients that even top talent needs to be mentored. Stepping into a new role with a new company can be life-changing, and this is where a mentor steps up to the plate. Never consider developing a mentoring relationship with someone who is doing so begrudgingly because the boss says to do so. A business mentor needs to be there because of his or her love for what they are doing.
Finally, there needs to be an unspoken bond. “I think of a mentor as someone you seem to read almost without speaking,” this amazingly intuitive CEO of The Visionary Group Selective says on the subject of mentoring relationships. It doesn’t happen overnight, but once you’ve developed a relationship, there is often no need to speak. You can tell if your mentor is satisfied with your progress and conversely, a really good mentor can tell without asking if their mentee is ‘getting them.’
As with any relationship, a business mentoring relationship doesn’t happen overnight. It is developed over time and will eventually lead to the level of trust that is so necessary when putting your future in someone’s hands. The Visionary Group Selective always recommend that mentors be chosen who feel called to work with those who want to grow in their chosen fields and that they are willing to invest something of themselves into the job. These three qualities make what Matthew Goodchild sees as a strong business mentoring relationship.