I have just finished meeting a iconic lady who has long been an inspiration of mine. Though she carries a public persona, she has inspired me with her success, her determination and her ability to transfer her skills from business to charity and family.
It have enjoyed our meeting tremendously and found that I have gained 4 or 5 fantastic suggestions for success.
How was I lucky enough to enjoy this meeting – I simply asked. I was fortunate enough to meet at a dinner last year and held my nerve whilst I approached her and asked for a meeting.
I asked if the lady would ‘mentor’ me in a session for which I would happily make a donation to a charity of her choice.
It has taken challenging diaries and contact to make it happen – but certainly worthwhile.
It has long been my philosophy to engage with mentors. If you ask any top sportsperson, business guru or indeed celebrity – they will usually have a mentor or too who has inspired and assisted them.
I have a long term mentor who has now helped me for over 6 years. In this time our relationship has grown into a solid friendship – but one that has blossomed out of a mutual respect.
I still have mentoring sessions with her – and they will be as straight talking as ever. For me, that is the value.
We all need the ability to understand that alone, we simply cant know everything or ensure that every decision is the right one.
By having people we look up to and admire helping us to ‘sanity check’ our behaviors and develop us, we can enhance our performance and achieve better success.
One of the most amazing learning points for me, is when a mentor talks about what they have got wrong and how they overcame the challenge.
I was so fortunate to enjoy a one to one session with the late Anita Roddick – I was blown away by her openness and honesty – and the mistakes that became some of the businesses biggest success.
My mentors have helped shape my goals in both business and personal life and I can honestly say that I hope to continue with my mentoring sessions and finding new mentors along the way.
I am never scared of asking ‘how or why’ or how I can continue to make improvements. I know I can offer an even better service to my clients and indeed coaching for the IWP team.
IWP offer a coaching and mentoring facility as part of our transformational business packages. Please contact Jenny in our office and ask for some details on this:-