Exceptional Magazine : 2011 Exceptional Magazine
A different perspective 47 Effectiveness experts such as Dr Stephen Covey state that successful people surround themselves with great people. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Ye a r winners are no exception, often crediting their success to the support of their team, friends and family. But is there a role for more formal advisory board or mentoring arrangements to guide entrepreneurs in their personal and business growth? "Many people throughout my career have offered great advice, support and mentorship, from professors at university through to mining industry experts," says Andrew Jessett, Founder and CEO, MineWare. "I have had the privilege of working with, and learning from, many great people over the years." Although some of the 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Year national fnalists said that they had never had a mentor, most clearly saw the role that mentors have played in their personal and business growth, including David Flanagan, Managing Director of Atlas Iron Limited and 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Ye a r Listed category National winner. "I've had plenty of mentors, since my second or third job," he says. "I've been lucky to work with people who guided and put a lot of trust in me. For instance, my frst mentor placed me in a role acting as a geologist before I got my degree." Right time, right place A mentoring relationship may last for a few weeks or many years. "I've had different mentors over time," says Andrew Thomas, CEO of Thomas Duryea Consulting. "Depending on where I am, or where the business is, they tend to appear." Kristina Karlsson, founder of kikki.K Swedish Home/Offce Style, agrees. "I've had a few different mentors," she says. "I couldn't have just one --- you get different things from different people. Gillian Franklin has been a great all-round business mentor, but I have also had people who have helped me with more specifc things — fnance or retail, for example." Mentoring relationships and mentors themselves can come in many different forms. "Recently I've had a peer mentor --- we are in different industries but we have really learnt from each other," says Stuart Giles, Managing Partner and Group CEO of APHS -- Your Pharmacy Partner. A different perspective According to Jack Cowin, Fo under and Chairman of Competitive Foods, a successful entrepreneur is both a stargazer and a microbiologist; capable of looking at the big picture as well as the fner details. While entrepreneurs are often viewed as lone rangers, it is a rare individual who possesses the full set of skills needed to successfully grow their organisation.
2012 Exceptional Magazine