A few good mentors  

Posted by Dino Gane-Palmer né Ganesarajah in

I've managed to assemble a few good mentors to help me develop my business.
Several people have asked me how it came to be that I'm now working with these mentors. The answer to this question comes from MORS430 - a course that all Kellogg students complete during pre-term. We are taught that we should "seek advice" from people who can help us. When seeking this advice, we must demonstrate likability and competence.

Before even starting at Kellogg, during the admit weekend (DAK), I took the opportunity to meet professors and others who might talk to me. During these conversations, I often managed to demonstrate my enthusiasm and interest, if not take their thinking in different directions. For the people that did not meet me, when school started, I was soon at coffee chats that they frequented. I was soon able to demonstrate my commitment, if nothing else.

As my ideas developed, becoming more realistic and tangible, then the moment of magic occurred - one of these people said, "that's a really great idea - I'd love to work with you on it". Pretty soon, the next person was saying, "wow - how'd you manage to get that person on board?". My credibility was increasing.

Through this continual process of seeking advice and demonstrating likability and credibility, I've now gained access to two valuable resources - a team that will help me prototype my idea (some undergrads) and some money. I hope to find the limits of this seeking advice/likability/credibility strategy.

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7 comments

Congratulations! I'm glad to hear that your hard work is paying off.

8 March 2010 at 05:08

Thanks dude!

8 March 2010 at 12:16

Yeah that's great man. Glad to hear things are working out so well.

9 March 2010 at 03:26

Thanks dude.

9 March 2010 at 19:30

Glad your work is paying off. Followed your blogs for sometime since I pursue the same interests. I am starting MBA this Fall. Your experiences guide me in subtle ways, thanks :)

11 March 2010 at 21:56

Thanks Nistha.

14 March 2010 at 11:18

very very amazing explaintion....many things gather about yourself...yes realy i enjoy it
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