LIFE Business Mentoring

About

LIFE has a group of business people who kindly volunteer to help others in our business community. Whether you are a start-up, already in business, or have an idea – we have a mentor for you.

We are successful because we serve one another. If you are part of our business community and want to serve as a mentor, please get in touch with us so we can help you get started.

How It Works

My mentor has helped me conceptualise my business idea, and I made a new friend!

I've built a great relationship with an expert I can trust. I know the direction I want to take after talking with my mentor.

My LIFE Business Mentor is helpful, kind and eager to help me from the lessons they've learned in business.

I have access to practical wisdom that is helping me grow my business.

Mentoring Guidelines

Mentors

What is the role of a mentor?  A mentor draws upon their expertise to assist mentees with their businesses.

Attributes and expectations of mentors include:

  • Providing guidance, motivation and emotional support.
  • Share with a mentee information about his or her own career path.
  • Help with setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.
  • Suggest other avenues to look at or seek information.
  • Help the mentee solve his or her own problem, rather than instruct.
  • Focus on the mentee’s unique and individual development and resist the urge to produce a clone.
  • Value your mentee as a person.
  • Aim to give and develop mutual trust and respect.
  • Maintain confidentiality about discussions and ideas.
  • Listen both to what is being said and how it is being said.
  • To report back to LIFE Business Mentoring your feedback and experience.

A mentor is advised not to:

  • Provide free professional services. E.g. completing documentation, accounting services, forms or any other pieces of work required to be completed as part of the mentees existing business or business idea.
  • Sell or market their professional services as part of the serving as a LIFE Business mentor. Should the mentee choose to engage the mentor for providing professional services, that is their choice and that then becomes a commercial engagement.

 

Mentees

What is the role of mentee?  A mentee is open to guidance in performing unfamiliar projects for a developing business.

Attributes and expectations of mentees include:

  • Being the student, who asks questions and absorbs the mentor’s knowledge.
  • Having ambition and drive to learn.
  • Determines the amount of help or guidance they need.
  • Does not expect their mentor to complete any work for them or provide them any financial aid under this volunteer programme.
  • To be responsible to make first contact with mentor and for follow up.
  • Prepare for meetings, respecting your mentor’s time.
  • Be open to change and willing to try different approaches.
  • Make your own decisions. The advice does not have to be taken.
  • To engage fully and honestly with your mentor.
  • Value your mentor as a person. A mentor might not have the exact experience as you, or in your industry.
  • Aim to give and develop mutual trust and respect.
  • Follow up with your mentor.
  • Report back to LIFE Business Mentoring email regarding your feedback and your experience.

 

The Mentoring Relationship

Please note that our mentors are volunteers who have put their hands up to serve the LIFE Business Community. This is a volunteer initiative, not a professionally trained mentoring service.

If a mentor and mentee decide to engage in the purchase of professional services or investment opportunities – the mentorship has exceeded the scope of LIFE Business mentoring volunteer services.

 

Out of Scope for the volunteer service

There may be some instances where your requirements have exceeded that of a mentor / mentee relationship and need to be moved to engaging professional services to help start or complete pieces of work.  Examples of this include:

  • When you need to engage services to help start-up your business, if you are unable to do the work yourself.
  • When you need investment funding to kick-start your idea or grow your business.
  • Paid legal, accounting or intellectual property services.
  • When you need counselling, pastoral support or a life coach

 

Contact 

If you want to provide feedback to help improve the mentoring at LIFE or believe your mentor or mentee has not conducted themselves according to this framework, then please feel free to contact [email protected]

Looking for a mentor?

LIFE have a group of business people who kindly volunteer to help others in our business community. Whether you are a start-up, already in business, or have an idea – we have a mentor for you.

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Willing to mentor others?

We are successful because we serve one another. If you are part of our business community and want to serve as a mentor, please get in touch with us so we can help you get started.

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