Are you an experienced professional looking to transition out of large organisational life? Are you feeling stuck, uncertain, maybe even fearful and not sure how to make the next move? An experienced mentor, thinking partner, trusted advisor and connector can make all the difference – this is where Wise Sherpa comes in. Mentoring
With substantial experience of mid to later life transitions into successful encores, we collaborate with purpose led and impact focused professionals helping them to navigate their journey successfully. Our areas of expertise include working with professionals exploring, identifying and establishing:
- Impact, legacy focused encores
- Entrepreneurial aspirations (incl growing and scaling businesses)
- Portfolio or plural careers
- New ways of working including consulting and interim
This should be an exciting time in a professionals career but it is often accompanied by feelings of doubt, fear and overwhelm. We’ve trod this path and have much insight and assistance to offer. Our work is also forming the basis of a book to be published in 2021 – Re-writing the Rules of Retirement – the Smart Professionals guide to a fulfilling Encore Career.
Wise Sherpa also has experience of designing and facilitating sustainable, scalable mentoring programmes with organisations on mid to later life career transitions into successful encores.
The benefits of working with Wise Sherpa includes; a personalised, pragmatic and practical approach to mentoring where you experience real progress towards your aspirations and goals. As experienced mentors, thinking partners and trusted advisors, 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 discussion, please book a slot through the scheduler [to be developed] or use the details or form on our contact page to get in touch. All conversations are confidential, and you are under no obligation.
How does 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. If you both agree you want to work together, then you will meet either virtually or in person on a regular basis. Mentoring is a relationship designed to build confidence and support the mentee, so that they are able to exercise greater agency in their own development, life and work. The mentor will share insights and knowledge to help the mentee based on their learning and 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?
Typically, it is 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 commit to the work, you won’t see the same levels of progress.
How much does Mentoring cost?
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.