Many small business owners are now using a mentor. The evidence is that as a consequence these businesses are much more likely to survive and are growing faster. I recently attended the Association of Business Mentors (ABM) Annual conference at the British Library. This was another excellent event, really demonstrating how business mentoring is helping SMEs across the country.
There was an inspiring message from THE ABM’s Patron Sean Gallagher.
Having a business mentor is about having someone the business owner can talk to. Phrases such as “a shoulder to cry on”, “I just need to talk things through”, “I’d like to run this by you to see what you think” are often used. A good mentor is a good listener and is someone whose opinion you can trust. They will also help to steer the business away from making bad decisions. They will also help the business to work through the options and come up with the best choice for that particular business. If you want to grow your business they will therefore be able to help to do it in a controlled and sustainable fashion.
Everyone needs someone to talk to. As a business owner, there is very often no-one. A good mentor will therefore be worth their weight in gold.