Dinah Bennett OBE, Co-founder of the International Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (ICE), produced an exhilarating interactive seminar for us on business mentoring. An elite group of entrepreneurs and business leaders honed their mentoring skills and signed up to support new and emerging businesses via the ‘Get Mentoring’ programme.
Around half those present are already mentoring another business owner or entrepreneur. This Master Class took our mentoring skills to the next level and reminded us just why we are prepared to commit the time and expertise to help others in business.
Dinah’s expertise guided all participants and each of us learned a lot. The exercises were highly interactive and fun. They helped delegates gain insight into all the different aspects of mentoring. It was particularly useful to be able to recognise the many and varied benefits for us as Mentors, not just to see how we can help those whom we will mentor.
We were asked whether it was important to be in the same sector as the business women (or men) we mentor. Most of us felt not, that we could bring transferable skills and fresh perspectives to those in another industry. However there are some advantages –this led the group to agree that its often helpful to have more than one Mentor and certainly that different people will being different skills to us at different career or business stages.
Not only was the Master Class brilliant for opening us to new ideas and tips for being a successful mentor, we were also able to explore mentoring circles, which Pink Shoe already facilitates for its members under the guidance of PSC Leadership Director Vanda Green. 'Pink Sky Circles' are open to all members and are run by and for the group participants.