FINDING A MENTOR WITH XERO’S TRENT INNES
According to the human resources department at Sun Microsystems, which compared the progress of around 1000 employees over five years, people are five times more likely to get promoted and 20 per cent more likely to get a pay rise if they have a mentor.
Trent believes a mentor should be someone who shares your values; who you consider a role model; who inspires, motivates and asks you effective questions; who is easy to talk to (and doesn’t just talk at you); and is trustworthy, so you can confide in them completely.
But before you go approaching every LinkedIn connection, Trent suggests first considering what you want to get out of a relationship with a mentor, and what you can give back to them, and making that clear from the get-go.
Once you’ve landed a mentor, Trent recommends meeting once a quarter, adding that the key to a successful relationship is respecting your mentor’s time. So document an agenda, always come prepared and – most of all – if they give you advice, listen and put it into action!