To help mark today’s (Tuesday, October 27) National Mentoring Day, 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright has compiled his top tips on mentorship…
“Richard Branson once stated ‘a good mentor is an invaluable asset’ and I couldn’t agree more,” says Wright, who is the founding director of paid search, organic SEO and social media marketing consultancy Climb Online.
“When winning The Apprentice in 2014, I not only secured £250,000 to invest in the development of Climb Online, but I also secured Lord Sugar as a business partner and mentor – whose advice and guidance is worth 10 times more than that initial investment.
“From my experience I have learnt that a business mentor is key for success. Aside from their business experience, they have the patience and the knowledge to offer invaluable advice at times when you require it most.”
Here are Wright’s five key areas where mentoring can help:
Generally speaking a business mentor will have more experience than you in the growth and development of a business – particularly if you are just starting out. This not only means they can offer an alternative perspective when it comes to making the bigger decisions, but in most they would have experienced a similar situation so will know, understand and can advise against any of the common pitfalls and mistakes.
Having a business mentor that trusts and believes in you not only enables you to trust and believe in yourself, but also allows others to do the same. As Lord Sugar trusts in me, so do a number of the UK’s biggest brands, which I have now consequently secured as Climb Online customers.