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You know you need a mentor, but finding one is not always easy. One mentor may not meet all your mentoring needs. But before you start finding mentors, determine what kind of advice you need.
Entrepreneurs benefit from knowledgeable third-party advice provided by advisors, writes the former chairman of a family-owned diamond business. The author describes his own dealings with informal mentors and the members of his formal advisory board.
Think of your board of advisers like your old college friend and your board of directors as your parents, says the author. Their roles are very different and your relationship with each should be customized for their part of your small business.
Should women should seek out only women for mentors? Not for a second, says Joanna Krotz, author and owner of Muse2Muse Productions.
Many founders have cited the importance of access to mentoring and coaching that the peer-to-peer organizations, as well as industry groups, Chambers of Commerce, and trade associations, have provided for them.
Mentors help us confront adversity, seize opportunity, learn from mistakes, understand our strengths and grow as leaders. Learn how to be an effective mentor to other entrepreneurs. (Published Oct 2002)
Entrepreneurs loath to seek mentoring should take at least one piece of advice: try it, you'll like it, writes the author who built a business by accepting help from smarter and more experienced founders. Included is a look at the workings of her relationship with her current mentor. (Originally Published October 2002)
Don Grimm spreads his giving back around through nonprofit and for-profit boards to tech transfer and angel investing.
Mentoring is fundamental for women entrepreneurs, writes the author, who ranks as a pioneer among entrepreneurial women for having launched a cable-programming network in the 1970s.
Pittsburg, Kansas and Pittsburg State University benefit from the broad generosity of Gene Bicknell, who gives because "it's the right thing to do."
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