“Could I ask your opinion on something?”

The title of my blog this week is the exact phrase I used when I spoke to my mentor a few weeks ago about something pretty big that had come up in the business.

As I’m writing this I’m actually really excited… One of our long term suppliers was looking to sell up to an agency and the MD was part of the package!

For 7 years we’d worked together and we’d always got on well. I knew there were cracks in their business; communication being one! But the core service was great – and it was a skills gap that we had in our business.

So, I called my mentor to run through things. We had a relatively brief conversation about the potential of it and I then did a SWOT. Was I looking through rose tinted spectacles though? Because it just seemed so prefect.

Roll forward a few weeks and we now have a new Technical Director, we’ve a raft of new clients onboard and we’re able to offer services like web hosting through to pretty complex programming. We’ve found the missing piece of our jigsaw. The exciting thing is that it’s improved the speed of turnaround and quality of our work… and we’ve billed more in the first two weeks than we do in an average month! Great news.

My mentor has bought and sold many businesses, he’s been through the mill. He’s had some challenges along the way but he’s successful, and, I know I can trust him.

So, how many times do you have a question, need a sounding board or just someone to run an idea by? Someone who doesn’t get over excited (like I sometimes do) and someone who has no emotional attachment to your business and is therefore totally impartial. This is where I believe Growth Mentors can be at their strongest!

In some ways it’s a spin off, but in actual fact it’s at the core of why having mentor can really work for you – a trusted person that’s there, when you need them, to speak to and they’re there to support you as needed.

I’ve just got this question to finish off my blog this week – next time you think ‘who should I speak to about this’ the next question you should ask yourself is ‘Where’s the number for Community and Business Partners’ because it could be one of the most rewarding phone calls you ever make!

Morgan Rothwell – D&M Creative

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