Using a mentor to grow your business skills

Ever thought how good it might be to have someone mentor you through a practice decision, help you get started or give you confidence along the way in areas such as marketing, employment and practice growth? This year, Maida Learning is accepting new applications for business mentoring for allied health professionals. How could this help you?

Mentoring can be either a formal or informal relationship between people with the aim to build skills or confidence through the input or assistance of another person who provides their knowledge and experience.

I love this quote by Daloz (1986) about mentoring as it sums up really well how mentoring can be applied to help the business owner in allied health:

“Mentors are guides. They lead us along the journey of our lives. We trust them because they have been there before. They embody our hopes, cast light on the way ahead, interpret arcane signs, warn us for lurking dangers and point out unexpected delights along the way.”

Mentoring can be very individualised and tailored to assist you in the areas of private practice that you feel you need guidance on. There are many benefits to mentoring, including:

  • Developing skills and knowledge in private practice management
  • Developing greater understanding of areas such as marketing, managing staff, managing finances, and developing service areas to fit your individual practice
  • Developing strategies for work/life balance
  • Facilitating interpersonal skills and self-awareness as a business owner
  • Providing a supportive environment to learn new skills
  • Providing self-confidence in decision making

Mentoring is not a one-way street, there is a give and take approach. To get the best out of mentoring, you must be prepared to take on some responsibilities as a mentee. These include:

  • Being proactive about setting dates and times for mentor sessions
  • Being open in communication about your needs and expectations
  • Setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-specific) with your mentor
  • Being prepared to listen to new ideas
  • Being prepared for each mentoring session and committing to any ‘homework’ or tasks that might have been set in the previous session
  • Being open to feedback -eek! Hard sometimes, but a really important skill to develop as a mentee!

At Maida Learning, we are very committed to developing the business skills, confidence and success in private practice for allied health professionals across Australia.

If you think mentoring is something that you could use a little of (or a lot!), then please click here for more information about our mentoring program for 2017.

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