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Objectives of Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring are the two strategic pillars of a business organisation without which the employees would be mere robots working without job satisfaction.

Objectives of Coaching:

The main purpose of coaching is to develop the employee as an effective perfomer. It involves the following:

1) Helping him to realise his potential as a manager.

2) Helping him to understand himself – his strengths and his weaknesses.

3) Providing him an opportunity to acquire more insight into his behaviour, and analyse the dynamics of such behaviour.

4) Helping him to have better understanding of the environment.

5) Increasing his personal and inter-personal effectiveness through effective feedback.

6) Encouraging him to set goals for further improvement.

7) Encouraging him to generate alternatives for dealing with his problems and prepare an action plan.

8) Helping him to review in a non-threatening way his progress in achieving various objectives.

9) Providing empathetic atmosphere for sharing and discussing his tensions, conflicts, concerns and problems. 

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Objectives of Mentoring:

The main purpose of mentoring is to provide opportunity to young people to share their concerns and get both moral support and guidance for their development. It involves the following :

1) Establishing a relationship of trust

2) Modeling beahviorual norms for the young person

3) Listening to the person’s concerns and problems

4) Helping him to search alternative solutions for the problems

5) Sharing own relevant experiences

6) Responding to his emotional needs, without making him depend on the mentor

7) Developing long-lasting, personal, and informal relationship.

Who is your most trusted advisor when it comes to important issues affecting your business?

A small stats in percentage.

  • Fellow business owner – 31
  • Business coach – 24
  • Family member – 18
  • Accountant – 8
  • Employee – 6
  • Consultant – 4
  • Friend – 3
  • Lawyer – 2
  • Other – 4

In which areas would a business coach have the most impact for your business?

  • Strategic planning – 31
  • PR / Marketing / Social media – 14
  • Leadership – 11
  • Succession planning – 9
  • Managing change – 8
  • Profitability – 8
  • Productivity – 7
  • Employee relations – 5
  • Other – 7

Five tips for coaching employees

  1. Define your role as a coach
  • Create a safe environment
  • Help them define and verbalize their answers, directions and actions.

2. Listen to what is said

  • Be curious, Seek to understand
  • “Tell me more….”
  •  “What’s happening….”

3. Observe what is heard and seen

  • Focus on just the facts
  • Share what you observe providing a judgement-less summary.
  • “Here is what I heard you say….”
  • “So it sounds like you are or want to….”

4. Validate what is felt -share the emotion and acknowledge it

5. Empower what is possible – Forward the thinking, explore, options showing faith and optimism.

If you are like most of us you are constantly striving for more engaged employees. Engagement not only leads to higher job satisfaction and lower turnover but also increases productivity and revenue.

But how do we boost engagement among our teams? The answer is through coaching. 80% of those who have received coaching report positive impact  in areas such as work performance, communication skills, well-being and business management strategies.

65% of employees in a strong coaching culture are highly engaged. Organisations with strong coaching cultures report revenues above those of their industry peer group and report higher employee engagement.

While more and more organisations are using coaches as a key strategy to help develop leadership capabilities and increase the performance and productivity of the employees, only 36% of organisations offer a coach specific training to new leaders.

Here is a great infographic that will help you to spot the differences between coaching and mentoring: