FAQs - Business Mentoring

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) supports and encourages people to develop specific skills and knowledge that will maximise their business potential and improve their performance.  In short, it is the transfer of knowledge, skills and experience.  The mentor acts as a guide to find the right direction and develop solutions.

Who will my mentor be?

Your mentor will be an experienced business person located within a reasonable travelling distance to your business.  Your mentor will be matched to your individual business circumstances and requirements by a Business Mentors Mentor Manager.

Who are the Mentor Managers and what role do they perform?

Business Mentors work with Mentor Managers.  The Mentor Manager will become your local contact from our network of Regional Business Partners spread across New Zealand.

After you register the nearest Mentor Manager will contact you within five working days to discuss your application in detail.  This is an important contact to ensure the Mentor Manager is able to match you with a mentor with the experience and skills you need.

Your Mentor Manager will contact you from time to time to follow-up with you and make sure the match is working well.  You can also contact your Mentor Manager at any time for assistance.

Is there a cost to register?

Yes, clients of the Business Mentoring Programme pay a registration fee of $225 plus GST.  After registration the mentoring is free for up to 12 months, volunteered by your experienced Business Mentor.

The registration fee helps to cover the administration costs of the programme.

When will I meet my mentor?

After the Mentor Manager has matched you with a mentor the Mentor Manager will let you know and your mentor will contact you within ten working days to arrange to meet.  Meeting times and locations will be organised to suit both you and your mentor.

How often will I meet with my mentor?

During your first or second meeting you and your mentor will usually set and agree goals or objectives that you want to accomplish.  Meeting frequencies and formats will be agreed between you so that your action steps can be supported and you have access to your sounding board when you need it.

How long do I have my mentor for?

Your registration with Business Mentors entitles you to mentoring for up to 12 months.  The term of your relationship with a mentor depends on the goals and objectives that you agree on.  You can use one or more different mentors during the 12 months to assist you to meet different business challenges at different times.  You can also re-register for the service after the 12 months is up.

What will the mentor do?

Your mentoring will be tailored to suit your individual needs so it's hard to be specific.  In general terms, your mentor will firstly work with you to conduct a confidential business assessment and define your mentoring requirements and objectives.  Using this assessment your mentor will develop an agreed action plan with you and then works with you to implement the plan.

How can I expect my mentor to work alongside me?

Depending on your challenges and circumstances you can expect your mentor to do some or all of the following:
  • Challenge you to move beyond your comfort zone
  • Create a safe learning environment for taking risks
  • Assist with the implementation of any training that you do into your business
  • Share knowledge and life experiences
  • Provide guidance and advice
  • Listen
  • Inspire and offer encouragement
  • Be genuinely interested in questions and concerns
  • Be open and honest
  • Discuss goal setting
  • Support the implementation of business knowledge and skill

How will mentoring help my business?

Business mentoring offers many benefits.  By participating in a mentoring relationship you will be able to realise the following:
  • Enhanced strategic business initiatives
  • Improved productivity
  • Elevating knowledge transfer from just getting information to the retaining of practical experience and wisdom
  • Critical feedback in key areas, such as communications, interpersonal relationships, technical abilities, change management and leadership skills
  • Having a sharper focus on what is needed to grow professionally
  • Acquiring specific skills and knowledge that are relevant to personal goals
  • Access to a friendly ear with which to share frustrations as well as successes
  • Better understanding of your overheads and cost structures.

Can I see an overview of the whole process?

Yes, click here to view an illustration of the Mentoring Process
Mentoring Process

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Still not sure? Call 0800 209209 or request a call back.