“If you don’t have a mentor, you’re missing a huge opportunity because a lot of times they can open doors for you that may be closed otherwise. – Cloe Guidry-Reed

What do Yoda the Jedi, Mr. Miyagi the sensei, and Steve Jobs the tech mogul all have in common? Well, aside from being masters of their field, be that the skill of wielding a lightsabre, a sweet leg sweep, or inventing the iPod, they all took time out of their day to take a new hopeful under their wing to bestow some of their learned enlightenment. “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you,” was how Mark Zuckerberg thanked him after Jobs passed away. It was evident that even one of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet needed a little guidance.

In this episode, we discuss how personal mentorship within supplier diversity is essential to breaking barriers within business today. We look at all the angles of such relationships, whether you are a mentor, protégé or mentee, and the ways such connections should be approached and navigated. While mentor relationships are focused on giving a helping hand to those new in the industry, we look at the beneficial aspects of being the mentor of a rising star as well as what the protégé can share with the mentor. We also discuss how supplier diversity as a profession can be a goldmine of mentoring possibilities. If you ARE brand new and needing some help, this podcast can certainly point you in the right direction to strike up the right conversations for your budding career.

“Mentors help us find that ‘what is the end goal? What am I playing towards? Where am I trying to grow to?’ It doesn’t have to be an exit strategy. It could just be a growth strategy.” – Adam Moore

“The best way to meet people is getting a warm introduction from somebody else that you know.” Cleo Guidry-Reed

“If you don’t learn something yourself from the experience, you’ve mentored them incorrectly. Because there is always something to learn.” – Adam Moore

“Every successful entrepreneur that I know – particularly just in tech – has had a mentor.” – Cleo Guidry-Reed

“A business plan should include your personal growth as a business owner. As a leader. As an industry expert.” – Adam Moore

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • How having a mentor can help you avoid pitfalls you might otherwise accidentally fall into
  • Why you should think about where your mentor has been and where you are trying to go when looking for a good mentor match
  • Where you can begin your search for the mentor that will benefit you the most
  • Why you should explore your existing network for introductions to possible mentors
  • How you can trade value with your mentor so they can benefit from some of your own knowledge and insights
  • Why you should include time for mentorship as part of your business plan

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