Leadership - Coaching And Mentoring
By definition, a "mentor" is someone who helps someone else learn something that he/she would have learned less well, more slowly, or not at all if left alone.
In order for the mentoring relationship to work, the mentor must not ever be perceived as a power figure; however a learning coah, compassionate and sensitive as a trusted advisor to the mentee. Mentoring must exist as a "Partnership."
Smith Gruppe provides a platform through its trademarked SBDN (Small Business Data Network) for ongoing support for personal and professional mentoring programs. In doing so, we agree with the fast expanding Coaching industry, that three things must be present for the Coaching and Mentoring relationship to flourish:
1. A Learning Environment - A robust set of policies and organizational charts must set forth that the emphasis of the organization is set upon thinking, interacting, and learning from each other. Sharing knowledge must be encouraged at all levels of the organization. Personal Mastery and self-improvement must be evident in the fact that it is discussed and promoted within the culture of the business.
2. Trust Must Exist - Great coaches and mentors who are effective at securing the trust of their protege are focused and dramatic listeners. In the context of being focused and dramatic listeners, they avoid distractions, judging, or listening with an agenda. They make listening their top priority. The bond is perfected when kinship and/or closeness are established, and this is where "trust" is earned. Relationship strength and "trust" in the coaching/mentoring environment are productively built and maintained on a foundation of "trust."
3. Realizing The Moment Of Independience - Although the coaching/mentoring relationship can become quite intimate and rich. There is a time when the coaching/mentoring aspect of the relationship must end. An effectivfe adjournment must take place so that the protege can move on. Allowing for adequate time to pass before follow-up can be quite tricky but necessary as in the case of the mother eagle, who slowly removes the feathers and grass and comforts from the base of the nest until the fledgeling is forced to to come up to the ledge and take flight.
Smith Gruppe maintains a powerful small-to-medium-sized business, non-profit organization, and lower-middle-market company network of experienced coaches and mentors. We have coached hundreds of executives and teams along the lines of personal and professional development.
Contact Us Today to inquire as to the next opening in either our group or one-on-one coaching/mentoring program or to discuss a direct placement in one of our partner programs! 980-221-9377