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August 2008 Infocom
Or as titled on the website: ‘Could you be a ‘half-timer’ for the PERCCI mentorship programme?
PERCCI’s Mentorship Programme has grown in such popularity that numerous small businesses within the Metro, are queuing for advice and assistance on how to manage or grow their companies. Retired business experts, become mentors or ‘half-timers’ as dubbed by the programme’s initiator, Mike Smith, and is providing the necessary and valuable insight into achieving a successful business. Currently, there are only 16 mentors, who are filled with a sense of satisfaction at seeing a business grow under their guidance, and, as the programme’s popularity has increased, so has the need for more mentors.
Mentors, whether ‘half-timers’ or working individuals, give of their time, on an agreed basis, in order to provide guidance and direct businesses around its pitfalls. “In the past two years I have met and interacted with more people than the previous ten years, and I know that I am not alone in seeking more significance in my life,” commented Smith. He added that as a 62-year-old, he was one of the first of the Baby Boomer generation to retire, and had to face the thought of what the future could or would hold? “In the next 20 years there will be a significant number of men and women who will face the same future. The question is: what are you going to do, and what should South Africa allow you to do?”
“The progress of the mentees, differs as all people are not the same.” He added that mentors, on occasion, find themselves being mentored by the mentees. “There is learning and a sense of achievement on both sides.”
The shortage of skills in the country is enforcing the idea that guidance is vital in order to create employment opportunities where people can learn and grow. For the ‘half-timers’ of now, “this is the time to orientate your life. Start by making a space to dream and to identify some of the possibilities which have been placed around you.” According to Smith, experts are convinced that the future of the economy and its ability to absorb the unemployed, is dependent on SME’s and thus, their success is imperative to developing a better community and the obvious benefits such as a better return on investment, stable environment, lower crime rate etc.
According to Smith, when reaching the ‘half-time’ stage in your life, you begin to long for something more significant to balance the second half. “This is the time when you want to discover where your deepest passions intersect with your greatest abilities and harness them to help change the world.”
The programme is in desperate need of more mentors - ‘half-timers’ or working individuals - to provide guidance. Please contact Mike Smith on 083 452 7005/041 368 8589 if you wish to be a part of this.
Date Added: 2008-07-11
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