& Business Coach
Throughout my career I have been very fortunate in having some great mentors, who have helped me in many ways. Steve Kaufman ex-CEO of Arrow Electronics and now a Harvard Business School Professor, who played a huge part in helping develop my business skills. Sir Peter Gershon, my amazing Chairman at Premier Farnell and former Chairman at National Grid, for his learnings, and the exceptional Sir Roger Carr, Chairman at BAE Systems, for his support during my board tenure. I name here just a few, I have been blessed with many wise and trusted advisors.
I have tried, in return, to be an active mentor for individuals and a coach for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Below are some videos showing mentoring in action, and just a few testimonials from individuals I have worked with.
Mentoring and coaching is relevant to all of us, in all stages of our career, whatever age we are, and should be a true learning partnership for all involved.
Mutual mentoring is important for all of us – to teach, learn and pay it forward. It's something I hugely enjoy and highly recommend.
A great mentor or coach will help guide you to where you want to be plus learn from you as you take the journey of discovery together.
Here are a few top tips for mentoring:
1. Consider who you would want your mentor to be and just ask them! If you would like to be a mentor, offer your services in a LinkedIn post and respond enthusiastically when asked!
2. Take a little personal risk in all this. Remember, 100% of the shots you don't take definitely don't go in… so go take your mentoring shot.
3. Being an active mentor contributes to you being a better hirer, developer of people and winner in the war for talent.
You can find more mentoring advice on my blog, and I invite you to follow my daily posts on LinkedIn.