Mentoring Programs

Written by Linda Alexander
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Mentoring programs facilitate relationships between business people. These relationships often involve learning, sharing information and ideas, and networking. They can be essential relationships to business success. Small businesses are important yet many people lack the expertise to grow their businesses. Having access to the right people helps businesses, and individual careers, succeed.

How Mentoring Programs Work

Mentoring programs used to be between an older executive, a mentor, and a younger person looking to move up in business. Today, the relationships take many forms. Small businesses can learn from larger businesses. People at the same level can mentor each other by sharing ideas and different experiences. Women can learn from female executives and minorities can learn from minorities who have broken through the barriers to success.

Many networking organizations offer mentoring programs, so do many large companies. Even if there is no formal mentoring program where you work, you might be able to find a mentor simply by building a relationship with someone more experienced than yourself. Associates can teach you things you didn't know, even in an informal setting. Simply listen to what they have to say, and you will learn a lot.

Another modern version of mentoring involves the use of business coaches. Coaches can guide you along your career path and help you to make decisions as to where you want to be and how to get there. Coaches will also motivate and inspire you and although they won't give advice or counseling like a good friend would, coaches can be a great asset to furthering your career.

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