“The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling, but rarely can one person give you everything you need to grow.”, says Anthony Tjan, CEO of Boston venture capital firm. If you’re serious about your success, check out the following 4 types of mentor that you should surround yourself with and enlist each of them based upon the specific knowledge you seek. They are the right teachers for your goals.
1. The finance guru
The finance guru is one who knows how to maintain your company's healthy finance and can help you take advantage of the right funding channels for your business. They can be your financial advisor, investor, accountant, bookkeeper or anyone else who contribute to keeping your business financially sound.
2. The specialist
Somebody said that: “If you know you want to be the best in your field — whether it's the greatest editor, football quarterback, entrepreneur, who are the most iconic figures in that area?” A specialist mentor can not only provide you with good advice, have insight into your industry and fine-tuning your skills but also help you through complicated business challenges that are related to your line of work. Moreover, they have already had experiences in your sector, so they can brainstorm where you should work next when you get stuck in a project, help you identify and hone your strengths towards the closest state of perfection. For example, as if you are a new accountant in a retail company, there is a lot of items which makes you confused to find out how to deal with all the numbers. The accounting specialists may offer feedback on your pitches or make introductions to create a better bookeeping journal.
3. The generalist:
This kind of mentor might not be in the same line of work as you but they’ve had a lot of experience running a business smoothly and successfully. They've been through the ups and downs, thus they are able to focus on the larger picture of where your business is going. This strategic advisor can offer an outside opinion on the more complex business decisions by looking at some daily activities of yours. Moreover, this mentor usually has a wide range of relationship which is a good source and opportunity for you to grow.
4. The copilot
We use the word "copilot" to refer to a peer/ a colleague/ a teammate in the workplace. They are persons who advise you in navigating the personalities at your company, listen to you vent over coffee and talk you through projects. This kind of mentoring relationship is best when you guys are committed to collaborating with each other, supporting each other, and having the same goals. As you are surrounded yourself with this relationship, the quality of your work and your engagement level will improve.
One more reminder: Take the time to develop genuine connections with those you admire, and assist them whenever you can because mentorship is a two-way street. Faro believes that with our consultation team in many industry insight, we can fully meet your special requirement in looking for the top qualified person.