For today’s mentor mondays, I wanted to introduce you to some of the most active mentors on horsesmouth. We have a system called the m-factor, where mentors get rated for their response, on factors such as timeliness, speediness and usefulness.
A mentor’s m-factor is also a good way of showing whether a mentor is really active.
Of course, numbers don’t tell the whole story, and it’s certainly not a competition, but I thought you might be interested to meet just a few of our high-scoring m-factor scoring mentors. They come from a great range of backgrounds, experience and specialisms.
Jason is one of our Business & Enterprise mentors, and has an m-factor of 1353. ‘I’m a Northerner living in the South of England, currently the CEO of a UK based Internet business and used to the Managing Director of a global company. I have a degree in Philosophy, and I started working properly at 26 after having travelled widely (scholarship to the US, Kibbutz, worked at Disney World in Florida and even as a Holiday rep in Greece). I am passionate about the potential of the web to connect people, fuel debate, generate ideas and make us feel bigger rather than smaller.’
Diamond is also a Business & Enterprise mentor. She is 45 and has an m-factor of 1815. ‘I’ve done most things the wrong way round! Left school at 16 to dance & set up my own ventures – a business, a social enterprise & a charity. I am a serial entrepreneur myself having established 5 businesses and helped others with theirs. I mentor start ups, small businesses and artists and specialise in issues such as self employment/freelancing, being creative & innovative, moving from being a one-person-band to taking on staff, not-for-profits & charitable aims and objectives, enjoying your work and achieving your dreams.’
DramMan is 63, and both a fifty forward and Business & Enterprise mentor. His m-factor is 1757. ‘Father of two grown up children, having spent 30 years travelling internationally marketing scotch whisky and other products, now semi retired and pursuing various interests, including paid consultancy and voluntary assignments. I hope that Horsesmouth may be another means of sharing my life experience, while still learning from others’ expertise.’
Antoinetta is also a Business & Enterprise mentor. (They’re an industrious lot!) She’s 49, and has an m-factor of 6135. ‘Married for 24 years with a 23 year old daughter who’s been through uni and now in her first job, and a 20 year old son who’s just finished A’Levels and hopefully about to go to university. Co-founder of our business, I’ve had a variety of roles from administration to interior decorating, working with children and really most importantly raising my own two fantastic kids. I’ve held a variety of business roles for over twenty years. For the last thirteen I have been joint director of a successful Managed Learning Services Provider. We provide large corporates, smaller companies and individuals with first class advice on specific training requirements.’ As well as business, Antoinetta mentors on relationships, parenting, bereavement, self-esteem and confidence.
Alan is both a fifty forward and a Business & Enterprise mentor. He’s 62 and has an m-factor of 2565. ‘I am 61-years-old & feel 35! I was educated to PhD level (I will finish it one day) & have spent the past 25 years in senior management positions internationally – USA, Australia, Bahrain, Russia, Dubai, India – in banking software. I now have my own company based in Dubai & India, specialising in developing cost-effective solutions for European SME’s. I have a wife & 18-year-old son who returned to the UK three years ago so that my son could pursue his dream of becoming a footballer (he’s promised me 50% of his salary!). I have had a great life & it is getting better all the time as I continue to grow as an individual. One of my passions is personal growth in people. We have set up a mentoring process in my business & I love to see people rise to challenges & become ‘bigger’ characters.’
Artemis mentors via our partnership with Women’s. Aid. She is 49, and has an m-factor of 2950. ‘I am a working, divorced mother of three and have just qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. My eldest child was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic several years ago. I have experience in the issues this raises and can empathise greatly with anyone either suffering from this condition or with relatives trying to deal with it. My family background growing up was difficult and in my teens I suffered from anorexia. I recovered fully, but understand also the issues surrounding eating disorders. My first marriage ended due to my ex-husband’s violence and control, and I received assistance from Womens Aid in escaping this marriage. Therefore, domestic violence is an area I feel able to offer support and practical advice on, as well as relationships, anxiety, building self-esteem, life-coaching and family related issues.’
blankcanvas is a business and enterprise mentor. He is 39, and has an m-factor of 2049. ‘I am passionate about helping people and in my career to date I have helped many people excel in their goals at work and in their personal life. I am a qualified Life Coach with my own business in coaching. I want to help more small businesses in 2012 with start up questions, people management issues and process improvement requests. I have worked within the recruitment and selection environments as a Recruiting Manager so can give help and advice on CV content, interview skills and techniques and how to improve your chances in your next career move.’
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