Mentoring

The Meath Local Enterprise Office Mentor programme was established to help companies identify and overcome obstacles to growth.

A range of mentors with different experience and skill-sets is available and every effort is made to match the mentor to the specific needs of client companies.

LEO mentors are usually business people with a proven track record of business success who provide their experience, advice and support to client companies, with the key objective of accelerating growth and building client capability.

The role of the mentor is to share wisdom gained from experience and learning. They help clients explore their goals and ideas for the future and to help them realistically appraise their current situation. As plans develop their role is to challenge and support the execution of the client’s plans and to assist them keep track of their goals and outcomes.

Mentors are not encouraged to solve the problems for the client, rather to help clients develop the capability to solve their own problems. Mentors do not carry out the work on behalf of the client but can be a source of guidance and advice for them. The mentor may offer advice and opinion, but the mentor is not a consultant. Responsibility for decision-making rests solely with the client.

Although day-to-day issues may be a large part of the discussions, mentors try to help clients to focus on the more strategic issues of the business. 

A mentor aims to be supportive and to stretch the client’s thinking, and hence help them make more informed decisions about the business. The mentor is there to listen, and to provide guidance, encouragement and the independent set of eyes.

The number of mentoring visits as part of an assignment is a matter for each LEO to decide in consultation with the mentor.

The goals and objectives are established by the client in agreement with the mentor at the start of the assignment. Mentors sign an agreement and code of conduct with the LEO before taking their place on the mentoring panel.

If the company has a number of issues, for example in both finance and production, and need different skills to overcome these issues, more than one mentor maybe involved in an assignment.

If the company feels that for whatever reason the mentor is not meeting their needs, a different mentor can be assigned. While an assignment has a specific number of visits, it can be terminated earlier if the objectives have been met. If a client would like the mentor to undertake a different role then the LEO maybe able to assist them select a new mentor.

The mentor shall not during the appointment as Mentor accept any appointment whether as director consultant agent or enter into any commercial arrangement whatsoever with a company while acting as a mentor to that company unless prior consent in writing has been obtained from the Head of the LEO. This condition shall continue to bind for a period of 12 months after the submission date of the final mentoring report.

Mentors can advise clients on:

  • Leadership and management.
  • Business life-stages and growth strategies.
  • Finance for micro enterprise.
  • Attracting outside investment.
  • Targeted sales and marketing.
  • Expansion into new export markets.
  • Improved R&D, production and logistics.
  • Navigating the regulatory framework for micro enterprises.
  • Management succession.
  • Staff development and team building.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Business sectors.
  • The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) programmes and activities.

Mentoring is the process in which a more skilled or more experienced person, serving as a role model, teaches, sponsors, encourages, counsels, advises and befriends a less skilled or less experienced person for the purpose of promoting the latter’s personal and/or professional development.  Mentoring functions are carried out within the context of an ongoing, supportive relationship between the mentor and client.

The main sentiments of these views are that first, the mentor works in an advisory/facilitative manner but is not ‘hands-on’, and second, the mentor is able to do this on the basis of his/her experience.

Mentors are not encouraged to solve the problems for the client, rather to help clients develop the capability to solve their own problems. Mentors do not carry out the work on behalf of the client but can be a source of guidance and advice for them. The mentor may offer advice and opinion, but the mentor is not a consultant. Responsibility for decision-making rests solely with the client.

Every Mentor signs an agreement with the LEO which contains a strict confidentiality clause before taking on assignments and will not discuss the business with third parties without express permission.

The LEO will undertake to treat as confidential any information provided to it in confidence by companies and by clients, subject to LEOs obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003. The LEO will consult with the client before making any decision on any Freedom of Information request received involving sensitive information, which may have been supplied. In the exceptional circumstance where the LEO is considering the release of information in the public interest the client will have a right of appeal.

The Mentor will provide regular progress reports on the assignment. In addition, the LEO will seek the client’s views on the extent to which the objectives have been met.

For More Information

To find out more about the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mentor programme, call us on 046-9078400 to speak to one of our staff or email localenterprise@meathcoco.ie.

To apply for a mentor, simply complete the application form underneath and submit it to this office.

Mentor Application Form.docx (size 289.4 KB)

 

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