Do's & Don'ts

– Offer an external perspective on both the lifestyle (educational), business owner and their business.

– Listen confidentially to the issues concerning the student, and business owner about their status and organisation.

– Share your own experiences of both failures and successes to guide and inspire.

– Provide friendly, unbiased support and guidance.

– Offer honest and constructive feedback to foster development.

– Act as a sounding board for ideas.

– Facilitate decision-making by suggesting alternatives based on personal experience.

– Supply contacts and networks to advance personnel. lifestyle, and business development.

– Inspire the student, emerging leader and client to realize their full potential.

– Give ongoing support and development where possible.

– Where appropriate, seek advice or refer mentees to another point of contact.

– Highlight any ethical issues that may arise.

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– Avoid providing a counselling service.

– Refrain from giving specific technical business advice typically provided by an expert business adviser.

– Steer clear of supplying a training service.

– Do not provide a coaching service related to specific business-related tasks, goals, and objectives.

– Abstain from therapeutic interventions.

– Do not take responsibility for success away from the business owner.

– Respect the mentee’s boundaries and avoid intruding into areas they wish to keep private.

– Avoid creating dependency on the mentor.