Leveraging Mentorship to Up-Level and Scale Your Leadership
At Energize Leadership, we are clearly strong believers that everyone can benefit from mentorship and coaching. In this article, we zone in on mentoring and how it can help you in your leadership journey, particularly if you are trying to scale and grow. Who better to talk to about mentoring than the rockstar mentor herself, Allison Maslan!
We reached out to Allison, the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network and a world leader in scaling businesses, to capture her words of wisdom. She has built an impressive mentoring business to support other business owners and their leadership teams in taking their business to the next level.
Allison helps thousands of leaders shift their mindset, map out a big picture vision, streamline processes, and build an “A” team to reach admirable new levels of success.
Allison offered several tips for how to get the most from mentorship, based on her own personal experience in continuously scaling several businesses as well as what she is now offering to other business leaders as part of her Pinnacle Global Network program.
To listen to the episode, click here or the image below. For the cliff notes, keep reading!
Make decisions for where you are going, not from where you are.
Since your objective is growth, your plans need take a long-term view. Where do you see yourself? What’s your big picture vision? Stretch your mind and watch the big leaps happen.
Work with a mentor who has made mistakes, so that you don’t have to.
You need to work with someone who has been there and done that. Ideally, someone who has actually HAD a similar position to yours, knows the challenges, and is best positioned to guide you.
Sometimes mentorship can come from the most unsuspecting places.
Innovative ideas can often come from the most innocuous interactions with random people. A non-invested outsider, even with no knowledge of your industry or business, has objectivity, is untethered to the challenges you face, and can provide outside-of-the-box solutions to your challenges.
Stay focused on the forest, not the trees.
The biggest breakthroughs happen when you step away from the day to day. Look at the end game and do not constantly focus on the step-by-step. Take a step outside of your work to get out of the weeds (with frequency) and you’ll be surprised at other resources you end up tapping into.
Seek knowledge from who’s achieved more than you have but is not from within your industry.
Someone who has different experiences in another industry can often bring a different view and offer best-in-class options from their space – which you can adopt successfully.
Scale or fail.
Think bigger about how the company operates. Have a bigger vision. Take your destiny into your own hands. Get out of your own way. You’ve got to keep momentum going or you start to go backwards!
Keep an open mind.
Don’t rule out ideas that may seem totally out of context or irrelevant. While an idea might not solve an immediate problem, or might not be what you would normally pursue, it might come in handy down the line or connect the best solution in the long term.