Friday, 19 August 2016

John Kim of Syncis - How to Become an Effective Mentor

John Kim, Co-Chairman of Syncis, an independent insurance marketing organization was born in South Korea and grew up under difficult financial circumstances. He migrated to the United States in 1984 and studied psychology at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies in Monterrey, California.

John Kim co-founded Syncis in 2009 but had actually entered the financial services industry in 1997. He spent ten years building a successful sales organization and received many titles, recognition, and awards for his work. During those ten years, he built a strong client base and mentored several individuals who went on to become six-figure earners. Here are a couple of tips on how to become an effective mentor.

Develop the Relationship
The first step in becoming an effective mentor is to develop and build the relationship. This means that you have to access your readiness and interest in mentoring someone, choosing someone to mentor and taking the time to build the relationship with that person. It takes time to build a relationship, which means you have to work to build the trust with the person you are mentoring. You will also need to set goals and keep your mentoring relationship on track.

As a mentor, you will need to create opportunities or open doors where you can allow your mentee to develop his skills and gain valuable exposure. Create new opportunities for him and connect him with other people in your network. In other words, you need to create and provide the platform where your mentee can grow.

Monitor the Environment
An effective mentor will keep a watchful eye on the things around the mentee, looking for both positive opportunities and negative or threatening situations. You should be on the lookout for any rumors, adversarial positions and other situations that could threaten the mentee and help him or her safely navigate their way through the situation.

Counseling and Guidance
Mentoring a person means that you make yourself available to counsel and guide your mentee. As you build the relationship you will need to be a personal advisor and confidant to the person you mentor. You will have to help your mentee understand how to find alternative solutions to deal with problems. If your mentee has poor behavioral problems, you will need to work to help him overcome those issues so that he can fit into any organizational culture.

Every mentor enjoys the fact that they can teach and impart knowledge to those they are mentoring. Teaching means that they impart knowledge, share their experiences, and recommend assignments for the mentee. It gives the mentee the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned.

John Kim Syncis mentored several individuals prior to co-founding Syncis in 2009.