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Everyone talks about mentoring, some with an eye roll and some with awed reverence of that one person who changed me forever. If you’re a sustainability consultant, you should be looking for mentors in places you may not have thought to look.
The obvious places we look for sustainability mentors: other consultants, professors, sustainability leaders.
But running a consultancy is more about sustainability, it’s about business skills. And, therefore, looking for mentors across the spectrum to help you build the support skills to run a business is crucial. And, even more interesting, you don’t even have to know your mentor to learn from her.
Look to people outside of sustainability and use best-practice from other fields to improve your own business as a sustainability consultant.
You’ll need much more than sustainability knowledge for your consultancy to succeed as a viable, profitable business. You’ll need to know how to sell, manage employees, manage clients, work with media, and keep up-to-date on everything from small-business taxes to major moves in sustainability reporting and policy.
It’s a big job, and you’re going to need all the help you can get!
Do you have a great “virtual mentor”? Tell us who it is in the comments.