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8ways to do better Mentoring …
From Bad to Great Mentoring
About me
10 Start-ups in 6 countries (8 winners, 1 loser, 1 ?)
Former director Founder Institute/ Inacademy /Fast Bridge
I...
What I see working with scaleups…
1. An incredible focus on the positive
2. A continual search for silver bullets
3. Scare...
Some people don’t like mentors… Why?
8ways to do better Mentoring …
1. Agree expectations and a process up-front
Kick off meeting
Agree roles / process
Clarify project
What are you doing/why...
The best tool ever
(Thanks Scrum)
Work backlog Do now Done
A = Alignment
B = Build ideas
C = Communicate and Check
S = Systematically improve
2. Explain ideas are built.
Think in te...
Based on 4 years of research with over 400
companies
There are companies that succeed and
companies that fail. The biggest...
Cycles: The ABC’s Of Growth.
Cycle 1
Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 4
Cycle 5
Align/Ask
Build
Communicate
Check
Systematically
Impr...
3. Encourage Forcing Moments
Almost anything works faster with a deadline
• Inspiration days
• Pitch events (with internal...
Forcing moments for better ideas
Friend and Family
Day
Really Ugly
Meetup
Event
Still Ugly
Speak at
Conference
Less Ugly
I...
Smart Speed
A study by Economist intelligence with 312
companies split into 2 groups:
1. Go, go, go
2. Think, go , think, ...
What they want
And what they do not
want
4. Clarify First
5. Facing reality – most ideas fail.
The right first question
“If this business fails, why will it fail”
- - -
Then encourage them to work on this
question…
Wh...
The biggest death threat
is always building “it” before you are sure
you have the right it
Pretotyping … Fake it before making it
IBM speech to text example
Thoughtland to Action Land
Walhub xyz test
https://vimeo.com/79313674
6. Encourage cutting and focus
7. Bring in other people, make introductions
& encourage 2nd opinions
If you want to move
fast/effectively, it is usually
...
8. Remember the secret of your success will probably
not be the secret of their success
It is your challenge to help them ...
What a mentor needs to do
Mentors want the companies they are
working with to succeed!
This desire makes it easy to want
t...
Summary: 8 Ways to do better Mentoring
1. Agree expectations and a process up-front
It is your business/ what is success, ...
Let’s connect
Bryan@bryancassady.com
www.bryancassady.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryancassady/
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8 ways to do better Mentoring …From Bad to Great Mentoring

  1. 1. 8ways to do better Mentoring … From Bad to Great Mentoring
  2. 2. About me 10 Start-ups in 6 countries (8 winners, 1 loser, 1 ?) Former director Founder Institute/ Inacademy /Fast Bridge I help people in small and larger companies build the companies of their dreams Writing a new book: CYCLES The Simplest, Scientifically Proven Way To Build Your Business 2 Beliefs 1. 10/90 rule. In most businesses, people want to do well, but 10% of success = people, 90% process 2. With the right systems, almost anyone can succeed Bryan Cassady
  3. 3. What I see working with scaleups… 1. An incredible focus on the positive 2. A continual search for silver bullets 3. Scared to ask for help 4. If they ask, too much done internally 5. What they want to do lacks clarity & focus 6. Lack of systems / Lack of urgency 7. Avoid tough decisions and stay in a business too long A good mentor brings a dose of reality, and helps them focus and make tough decisions faster
  4. 4. Some people don’t like mentors… Why?
  5. 5. 8ways to do better Mentoring …
  6. 6. 1. Agree expectations and a process up-front Kick off meeting Agree roles / process Clarify project What are you doing/why What is success (talk about value creation and capture) Big challenges What do you really know Death Threats Agenda meeting #1 Action to resolve biggest death threats Ongoing meetings Key learnings (10) Make decisions (5) What is the biggest challenge now (10) What will you do to resolve this challenge What can you stop to focus energies How can I help Update backlog/ to do / done Note : if you agree dates up-front it will be easier for you and more effective
  7. 7. The best tool ever (Thanks Scrum) Work backlog Do now Done
  8. 8. A = Alignment B = Build ideas C = Communicate and Check S = Systematically improve 2. Explain ideas are built. Think in terms of the ABCs
  9. 9. Based on 4 years of research with over 400 companies There are companies that succeed and companies that fail. The biggest difference between winners and losers is smart winners make good, even mediocre, ideas great over time. The Reality… Value Time Start Learning Cycles No Changes Bad Cycles Winners Winners Losers Losers
  10. 10. Cycles: The ABC’s Of Growth. Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Align/Ask Build Communicate Check Systematically Improve Value * Value Capture Time Link with Lean Start-up
  11. 11. 3. Encourage Forcing Moments Almost anything works faster with a deadline • Inspiration days • Pitch events (with internal / external judges) • Hackathons Up and running in 82 cities. Moments of truth (they call them forcing moments) is their secret sauce
  12. 12. Forcing moments for better ideas Friend and Family Day Really Ugly Meetup Event Still Ugly Speak at Conference Less Ugly Investor Presentation Good Enough
  13. 13. Smart Speed A study by Economist intelligence with 312 companies split into 2 groups: 1. Go, go, go 2. Think, go , think, go (paused at strategic moments) The companies with strategic pauses achieved: 40% higher sales, 52% higher profits Moments of Truth Are the times to stop and think
  14. 14. What they want And what they do not want 4. Clarify First
  15. 15. 5. Facing reality – most ideas fail.
  16. 16. The right first question “If this business fails, why will it fail” - - - Then encourage them to work on this question… Why: 60% Faster
  17. 17. The biggest death threat is always building “it” before you are sure you have the right it
  18. 18. Pretotyping … Fake it before making it IBM speech to text example
  19. 19. Thoughtland to Action Land Walhub xyz test https://vimeo.com/79313674
  20. 20. 6. Encourage cutting and focus
  21. 21. 7. Bring in other people, make introductions & encourage 2nd opinions If you want to move fast/effectively, it is usually not what a start-up knows, but who they know that makes the difference Source: Innovation Engineering
  22. 22. 8. Remember the secret of your success will probably not be the secret of their success It is your challenge to help them find their own answer…
  23. 23. What a mentor needs to do Mentors want the companies they are working with to succeed! This desire makes it easy to want to help too much. Great mentors, help, support, but don’t push decisions. They know the founders needs to be remain responsible Mentors don’t push decisions
  24. 24. Summary: 8 Ways to do better Mentoring 1. Agree expectations and a process up-front It is your business/ what is success, I am ready to help, but it is your business Forcing moments The same questions again and again (What did you learn, Objectives this cycle) 2. Explain ideas are built / Think in terms of the ABCs 3. Encourage forcing moments 4. Clarify first (Ask, listen, clarify and put things in writing – True North) 5. Facing reality – most ideas fail. Focus on big issues first (pre-mortem tools, the right it before building it) 6. Encourage cutting and focus (less = more , sequential always beats parallel, help with a do not do list, use Scrum “do later”) 7. Bring in other people / make introductions / encourage 2nd opinions 8. Remember the secret of your success will probably not be the secret of their success (it is your challenge to help them find their own answer)
  25. 25. Let’s connect Bryan@bryancassady.com www.bryancassady.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryancassady/

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