Playing to Your Needs: Understanding the 3 Types of Mentoring Relationships

It’s no secret that many of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time relied heavily on their relationships with mentors. From Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou to Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, amazing things can happen when talented minds come together to share ideas and learn from previous experiences.

In today’s world, a mentoring relationship now can take several forms. No matter where you are in the process of your business development, there is a mentor relationship that’s right for you.

The Online Mentor

Between YouTube, LinkedIn, and the focus on original content creation, start-up entrepreneurs can benefit from a wealth of knowledge at any time of day. There are discussion forums to voice concerns and blog posts to find answers. The amount of free resources available is potentially endless. Find the creators and authors whose ideas you connect with the most, and follow them closely.

The Local Mentor

From start-ups to well-established companies, every business owner should have a local mentor. While this person likely also has a very busy schedule, they have good ideas and can be a good sounding board when you get together. This type of mentor is often equal parts mentor, colleague, and friend. Many times, this is a mutually beneficial relationship, where advice is shared in both directions.

The Niche Mentor

For business owners and CEOs whose challenges are specific to their industry, they may need to find a mentor who has worked in their specific business in the past. These mentors can help you find the best vendors or suppliers, and they understand the nuances of your industry.

The Professional Mentor

For business owners who have established the base of their business but need help taking it to the next level, professional mentors offer expert business advice. Unlike a local mentor, the professional mentor is dedicated to your success and focused on your business. Instead of simply being a sounding board, a professional mentor is trained in creating strategic plans, maximizing productivity, boosting sales, and tackling the biggest challenges facing your business.

No matter where you are in your business, Certified Business Coach Craig Korotko is driven by his desire to help business owners thrive. Start the conversation with a simple, no strings attached 30-minute advisory discussion. Email Craig at today.


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