When forming a new habit your desire has to be strong enough so that you’re not easily pulled in an opposing direction; one that offers what you perceive to be greater rewards.
A good mentor comes with real-life experience which they can share with you in partnership with robust business models to help you develop your thoughts and avoid those costly mistakes often made.
I define the role of non-exec team member as, “to provide a creative contribution to the business by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to business leaders and senior management teams.”
Having said all that, my favourite bite-sized definition for either role is ‘critical friend’.
There’s no golden bullet, model, strategy, formula, or plan that works for everyone. You are unique, your business is unique so why wouldn’t you devise a unique, bespoke plan and methods of implementation?
A business mentor has experience to share that fills any knowledge gaps or provides another perspective, they have demonstrable tactics and tools to share that gets you closer to positive gain and they provide external motivation and accountability. Business has many ups and downs so a mentor’s support will keep you focused on your why, your purpose and your reasons for running your business.
The earlier you can plan for major change, the better it is for guiding your business decisions. Planning to exit your business is a major change often considered too late.