Transitioning From Large Organisations, Setting Up And Leading A Business, Building A Portfolio Career – Business Mentoring
Are you feeling the need for advice for yourself or your team to make your business ideas a reality? Are you or your team in need of a sounding board and/or some practical challenge and guidance from an experienced professional who has walked the path? Professional business mentoring could make the difference.
Wise Sherpa focuses on mentoring purpose led and impact focused professionals and teams across a range of sectors, organisations, levels of leadership and cultures to navigate their journeys successfully.
Our particular areas of expertise include mentoring purpose led and impact focused professionals in mid to later career on:
- Change in professional direction
- Transition out of or retirement from large organisations
- Found, grow and scale a business (see Wise Sherpa’s 5 step build your future programme pdf )
- Establish a portfolio or plural career
Much of our work is with diverse talent especially women and has included most recently mentoring women business leaders as part of the Deutsche Bank’s Social Tech accelerator and NatWest’s Start Up, Scale Up accelerator.
Wise Sherpa also has experience of designing and facilitating sustainable, scalable mentoring programmes.
The benefits of working with Wise Sherpa include a personalised, pragmatic and practical approach to mentoring where you experience real progress towards your aspirations and goals. As experienced mentors, we also love to connect people and ideas. We use these skills as part of our approach to effect positive outcomes for our clients.
Our mentoring takes place either in person or virtually/on-line, is highly interactive and involves practical exercises and committed reflection and action by the client. To better understand the impact of working with Wise Sherpa check out the testimonials page.
If you are interested in an initial free 30-minute discussion, please book a slot through the scheduler [to be developed] or contact us via email or telephone number below. All conversations are confidential, and you are under no obligation.
If you would like to learn a little more about our thinking and approach at Wise Sherpa, then please sign up here to download our booklet Career hacks for a more sustainable and fulfilling life [coming soon!].
How does Business Mentoring work?
You and your mentor have an initial meeting, this can be virtual or in person to decide if you have the right “chemistry” to work together and if mentoring will help you achieve your goals. If you both want to progress, then you will meet either virtually or in person on a regular basis, initially to establish your goals and actions and then to ensure you deliver on them. Mentoring is essentially about the mentor working with the mentee to develop more effectively. It is a relationship designed to build confidence and support the mentee, so they are able to exercise greater control of their own development and work. In a business context, it can be very useful if your mentor has experience or insight into your context (this could be the type of business you are working in or founding, the industry sector etc.) so that the advice they are giving is timely, relevant and appropriate. The mentor will share insights or knowledge to help the mentee and speed up the process (learning curve) based on their experiences. A good mentor should also be able to signpost and link mentees into key networks, eco-systems etc that will also help accelerate the mentees journey.
How long would the Mentor/Mentee work together?
This is entirely up to you. On average it’s usually a six to twelve-month commitment as this is a reasonable time frame in which to see strong and sustainable results. Mentoring is not a “quick fix” solution. There are clients who have worked with us for a number of years making continuous improvements and others who meet their specific goals in just six months.
What’s the mentor’s responsibility?
In each interaction, the mentor should act with integrity, sincerity and confidentiality. The mentor needs to be fully present for each interaction setting aside all other distractions creating a safe space with support and encouragement to explore and take appropriate risks. If the mentor cannot provide appropriate assistance, they should refer you to a range of resources.
What’s my responsibility as the mentee?
Mentees need to be open and committed to action and self-development; ready to explore what they are doing and not doing and what decisions and changes they may need to make in order to move forward.
How is mentoring different from therapy or counselling?
Mentoring focuses on looking forward to the future. Therapy and counselling largely focus on your history and analysing how you got to your present state. Therapists and counsellors often ask question starting with why – mentors usually ask questions starting with what.
Can you guarantee mentoring works?
Unfortunately, you can’t. Mentoring is designed to make the mentee more successful and ultimately, only you as the mentee can guarantee that you will do what it takes to make this happen. If you as mentee don’t complete the actions you commit to take, you won’t see the same levels of progress. If we as mentors don’t meet your expectations, you are free to stop working with us at any time.
How much does mentoring cost?
Our mentoring can be managed to fit most budgets – there are options like virtual mentoring or buying packages that can help manage the cost further. The key question for you as a prospective mentee, is how much do you value the service? Price should not be used as an excuse to not to go for it. If you are interested and committed to developing yourself and your business and have a budget in mind, please contact us to discuss how we can help you further as we would be very interested in exploring working together.