Tuesday, October 26, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 601:What do you do when you haven't accomplished what your mentor suggested?

A GREAT question asked on my Mentor Elite call today. One of my Elites had been tasked an action by her mentor which she followed through on, but did not achieve the results she'd hoped for. Because of this, she didn't know what to say to her mentor.

This is where most people get stuck and never contact their mentors again. But not my Elites. They are determined to succeed, and so we brainstormed about it on the call and she got her next step.

So if you're stuck because you haven't been able to accomplish the actions your mentor tasked you, here are two possible ways to handle it:

1. That's exactly what you contact your mentor about. You explain the action you took and why you're displeased with your results. Then ask if you could tell them about the process and get their feedback as to how you could achieve better or different results next time.

2. Think outside the box. In my Elite's case, she was tasked to go after a specific company. When there wasn't a position at the company, she wasn't able to complete that action. However, the reasoning behind pursuing that company was still valid, so she decided to pursue other companies for the same reason. Now, she'll be able to tell her mentor that while she was not able to get into that company (yet), she pursued 10 other ones, and then she can report on her results.

Bottom line- never leave a mentor hanging. It's unprofessional and a missed opportunity.

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