Getting the most benefit from your mentor

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Having listened to countless interviews with our successful Olympic athletes, they have all thanked their support team helping get them to the podium; but, it’s not just athletes who need support teams, ambitious accountants do too, explains Heather Townsend.

Whether you are in practice, industry or running your own firm, your mentor is the equivalent of these athlete’s ‘coach’. So, what exactly is a mentor? A mentor is a trusted adviser, usually someone more experienced or in a more senior role, who acts as a sounding board and helps you find your own direction and achieve your career goals. When Jo (my co-author) and I interviewed partners for our book, ‘How to make partner and still have a life’, we found that every partner pointed to someone who has acted either in an official or unofficial capacity, as a mentor, to help them achieve their career ambitions.

In this article we give you tips on how to find the right mentor for you, and how to get the most out your relationship with your mentor.

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  • How to find the right mentor for you
  • How to make the most of the relationship with your mentor
  • Actions before, during and after you meet

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About Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend is Founder and Author of ‘The Accountants Millionaires’ Club’. In 2015 the ICAEW decided she was the number one online influencer for the accountancy profession. She is the author of 5 books, including The Go-To Expert, and ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (co-authored with Jo Larbie).

Heather is always up for a challenge. Perhaps that is why she has built a track record of helping accountants grow the size of their practice by 50-200%, often in under two years. Often helping them make partner or equity partner in the process.

Heather is a high profile member of the accountancy profession in the UK. She has worked with over 300 partners, coached, trained and mentored over 2000 professionals at every level of the UK’s most ambitious professional practices. Heather's clients have included: 7 out of the Top 10 UK practices, including all the Big 4 firms. 

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