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Like the surfer selecting the right wave, people encounter endless opportunities for growth and must decide whether the opportunity is worth the inherent risks involved. Some opportunities may involve moving to a new country, working with colleagues with different backgrounds, or taking on a new role.
Let's face it. Being a manager these days is tough. We've all got a lot on our plate, and there are days when some of the people we manage seem to have a hard time with the concept of "common sense." And, as competitive as the job market is these days…it’s difficult to attract and retain good people. The only thing that works is having the courage to coach.
A mentor is one of any organization’s greatest resources. Having a committed mentor is a key factor to improving employee engagement - and we know that good engagement means employees will stay longer and their contributions increase. Mentoring 201 takes a closer look at some key elements of the mentor/mentee relationship that includes: planning for a successful discussion, setting goals, identifying career paths and establishing development needs.
In order for businesses to survive and remain competitive, they must respond to this changing environment. As Tom Peters observes in Thriving on Chaos, “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence—only in constant improvement and constant change.” As part of their response to change, successful organizations seek ways to support and foster employee growth and development. Managers are developing skills to facilitate this process. They are acting as mentors to their employees. Coworkers and other employees with company experience and skills are also offering their services as mentors to less-experienced employees.
When you’re a mentor, you’re really like a coach… someone who can speak from experience… a resource that can give insight, even tips - that will help someone else be successful at what they’re doing. Some organizations have official mentors while others have an informal approach to mentoring. No matter how it happens, as a mentor, you’re filling a vital role to the on-going success of your organization.
Up until now, you’ve covered overall goals and career path options with your mentee. How did they get there? That’s where an important topic for discussion comes into play … namely, development options. These are the strategies and tactics that your mentee can draw upon to help them grow and develop so that they can make their goals a reality.
Another key part of your conversation with your mentee involves diving more deeply into their future career paths. By this time, you’ve already looked at the big picture of where your mentee would like to be in the years ahead. Now it’s time to come up with some options for them to consider as they take their next steps ahead.
Just like any important conversation you’re planning, you need to do your prep work. Think about your mentee and his or her strengths and weaknesses. That will help you ask the right questions to guide the conversation in the way that’s right for your mentee. In fact, it’s a good idea to prepare these questions in advance.
A key part of the conversation you’ll have with your mentee over time is about their short and long-term goals. As part of this, it’s important to ask your mentee to discuss their strengths and weaknesses - both interpersonal and job-related skills.
A mentor is one of any organization’s greatest resources. They fulfill that crucial role of helping newer associates & team members learn about their new role – and their new organization. But this vital mentor-mentee relationship goes well beyond the initial first few days on the new job. In fact, it’s a relationship that can last throughout the respective careers of both participants.
So, you’ve had a lot of conversation with your mentee. You’ve listened. You’ve heard their goals. You’ve shared your feedback. But how successful has it all been? This video provides some other questions that can help to uncover the true underlying value of what you’ve achieved together.
Having faith and believing in your dream is a major part of achieving it! It can be difficult during the obstacles to maintain that faith and belief in ourselves. Having a mentor or a coach during those tough times can make a tremendous difference in achieving your dream.
We've all done our share of avoiding and hoping employees would just work things out on their own. Yeah, right! The only thing that works is having the courage to coach. This scenario helps a coach keep things positive.
One of the things it seems like we have to do more often these days is to ask people who are already doing a good job to - well - crank it up a notch. We just need a little more. This short video gives an example of empowering others to do more.
When you've got one of those "problem child" situations, coaching's always the best option. It's best to use the same process. "This is the situation and this is what I expect." This video helps reinforce the way to coach and motivate.
Attitude problem. How do we deal with someone who's going 100 miles an hour in the right direction, doing a good job, while royally ticking off co-workers or customers in the process? Coaching of course! Here's a powerful short video on making the most of motivating a good employee.
There are some "must do’s” that will help you be a successful mentor. Having an open communication channel between you and your mentee is a must!
When an employee is new to the company, or even new to their role, there’s no substitute for the conversations and support that a mentor provides. Let’s face it, every job has a certain number of rules, processes, must dos and unwritten “ways of things” that, without you, your mentee would have to learn through experience.
When you’re a mentor, you’re really like a coach… someone who can speak from experience… a resource that can give insight, even tips - that will help someone else be successful at what they’re doing.
The advice and tips a mentor gives has a direct impact. Mentees benefit from the mentors experience. With a mentor on their side, they can learn the things that can help them get the new chapter in their career started on the right foot.