I am aware that mentoring has been available on a casual basis as long as there have been associations, but it has not been available in a well-planned, structured format. The results of casual mentoring are poor at best.
The international associations (ASCR &ISCT) could be the driving force to implement this concept, in cooperation with the regional associations.
Mentoring is the passing down of knowledge and wisdom from one person to another. It is a straightforward, honest relationship based on mutual trust, understanding and a determination to enhance one’s full potential. This can be very powerful in today’s micro-cleaning businesses.
Mentoring can additionally be defined as a regular, hands-on, one-to-one relationship based on a shared purpose and mutual interest. In the context of micro-business mentoring, this shared purpose is the survival and growth of the protégé’s micro-cleaning business. The mentor acts as a sounding board and a shoulder to lean on, providing support, guidance, friendship, understanding, constructive feedback and reinforcement with the purpose of helping their protégé’s develop to their fullest potential.
A mentor is someone with whom a person can create a “caring” but objective relationship. This is the wise counselor who has “been there, done that.” The mentor gives the benefit of experience, sharing the “unspoken rules” that can’t be learned from certification courses. Who are the people to trust? What are the actions you might take? And so on.
Further, the mentor takes on many different and varied roles during the relationship.
How a business mentor can help:
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