What is Good Mentoring?

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Entrepreneurs seem to have huge misconceptions about what is a good mentoring relationship. These slides address the issue.

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What is Good Mentoring?

  1. What Is Good Mentoring? Sramana Mitra Founder, One Million by One Million
  2. Entrepreneurs have huge misconceptions about what is a good Mentoring relationship
  3. Myth No. 1: Mentor meets with me weekly Mentor meets with me weekly
  4. Myth No. 2: Always available whenever I need to talk. Pulls me up when I am down. Pulls me up when I am down. Pulls me up when I am down. Pulls me up when I am down.
  5. Myth No. 1: Mentor meets with me weekly Sheryl Sandberg: No, that’s a therapist Sheryl Sandberg: No, that’s a therapist Sheryl Sandberg: No, that’s a therapist
  6. Myth No. 2: Always available whenever I need to talk. Pulls me up when I am down. Sramana Mitra: No, that’s a friend, or a parent. Sramana Mitra: No, that’s a friend, or a parent. Sramana Mitra: No, that’s a friend, or a parent. Sramana Mitra: No, that’s a friend, or a parent. Sramana Mitra: No, that’s a friend, or a parent.
  7. A Good Mentor • Has superior knowledge and network in the industry you are trying to navigate • Is willing to tell you what you ‘need’ to hear, not what you ‘want’ to hear • Looks out for your best interest • Connects dots whenever possible to get you further
  8. A Good Mentor • Gives you knowledge, advice, introductions without wasting your time, or his/her own time • Pushes you to do more, do better • Will not sit next to you and hold your hand • Is busy, active, in-demand • Helps you learn, become self-sufficient
  9. Be realistic. Do not look for a therapist, a friend, a parent, or a family-member in your mentor.
  10. Be realistic. Do not look for a therapist, a friend, a parent, or a family-member in your mentor.

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