Business Mentoring Matters
Senior Management is interested in things that are going to generate results, right?
One way to enhance your mentoring or coaching experience is to take a few moments after a session to sit down and write some comments. In a busy world, this can be a little taxing, but it can really provide you with valuable insight as the relationship develops on what your experience was like and be able to share some of this with your partner.
I was in a conversation with someone the other day. I was trying to explain why a certain procedure worked the way it did and that the procedure wasn't the problem, rather, the person was asking it to do something it was not designed to do.
As technology enables us to reach across the globe, we are increasingly seeing mentoring relationships that are cross-cultural in ways never thought possible. American companies will often have someone in America mentoring someone long-distance in Europe or Asia. This requires a sensitivity to the cultural differences that exist so as to avoid derailing a relationship.
Both mentoring and coaching are about learning and developing. We can deepen the amount of growth one develops by reflecting on events and what they mean. This is called reflective learning. This is a form of learning that is based upon a process that asks:
Bentley University in Waltham, MA is about to launch the school's Center for Women and Business. President Gloria Larson states that the center "will focus on educating students about their leadership potential, conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women..." She further adds, "This pipeline in the corporate world is leaking badly once women start to get into the management ranks...and it's still pretty well blocked at the top."
The most important challenge facing all mentoring pairs is the issue of time and making sure that you keep your commitments to meet. Here's how to minimize this problem.