Thanks to the dozens of people who have signed up to be mentors to entrepreneurs and leaders – of any sector – in these challenging times (if you want to know more – go to www.next-up.com and click on the 500 mentors popup).
Next-Up has just launched their 500 mentors initiative with the support of Leeds City Council. I think it is a great idea - we’ll all need to help each other like never before both during and in the wake of COVID-19.
I had a thought provoking – and sad – conversation with an HR director of a professional firm recently. We are doing a workshop for partners to help them think about their future – unretirement, if you like. Like many firms they are starting to help partners some years ahead, not just in the last year as they are about to leave.
I had an interesting session with a director of a global corporate the other day. When we were exploring what she might do next, I asked her various questions including, ‘Are you interested in helping women into leadership positions?’
On a scale of one to ten, how much have you thought about retirement? If you have at all, is it a sort of fantasy world of travelling and relaxing? Or a move into a portfolio of interesting roles? Or playing golf and walking with friends most days?
Next-Up organised an inspirational workshop for partners coming up to retirement. Part of this was mentoring tech entrepreneurs – hear this next generation say how it helped them. And what did the partners think? One said, “Our country is in safe hands with these young people” and another said “I am going to help this entrepreneur – I can learn more from her than I will be able to help.”