NextAdvisor Therese Kinal: Mentoring is Just as Beneficial for the Advisor

Therese S Kinal is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice ProgrammeTherese is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unleash, a disruptive innovator in the management education and consulting industry.

She has experience working across a broad range of industries, including professional services, healthcare, FMCG, retail and fashion, IT, property development and education.

She is the co-author of Unleashing: The Future of Work and works with clients on a range of management issues, including: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Future of Organisations, Leadership Development, Organisational Change, Adaptive Strategy Execution, Living Brand and Complex Problem Solving etc.

Therese is listed in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 2013.

Therese is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

TNW: Tell us about your current role/venture. What’s at the top of your mind with regard to your business?

TK: I lead a management education and consulting company called Unleash based in London but with clients in the UK, Europe and the US. Top of mind right now is the development of Unleash’s new on-demand, issue-based management learning platform and securing funding for this venture.

TNW: Which business topics are you most interested in providing advice on?

TK: Entrepreneurship/Innovation, Developing New Products and Services, Strategy, Team Building/Development, Negotiations, Stakeholder Management.

TNW: How should a NextAdvisee approach their relationship with you, to get the best out of you?

TK: Be open and honest about the challenges they have and would like help with right from the start.

TNW: What do you see as the benefits of an advice relationship, for the advisor?

TK: I think coaching and mentoring is just as beneficial for the advisor as the advisee.

As an advisor, you can get new insights, hear a different perspective and learn about what’s happening in industries/markets you’re not familiar with.

You can of course also develop your ability to coach another person.

TNW: Do you currently have a mentor?

TK: Yes, I work with two mentors. One is a senior business woman and the other is a consultant/academic in my field.

TNW: Which business matters have you most needed advice on during your career?

TK: There are so many different issues that I have needed advice on over the years.

For me personally, what I have most needed advice on is work/life balance and how to better understand and engage with people very different to myself.

TNW: What is the most useful lesson you have learned from a mentor?

TK: Tips for managing stress/switching off, and a better understanding of how I come across.

TNW: Who would be your dream mentor in a fantasy world (they can be living or a historical figure)?

TK: Gertrude Bell

Therese is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

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