Eminent business leaders of our time, such as Sir Richard Branson and Donald Trump, are quoted as saying that one of the principal reasons for their success are the coaches and mentors they have worked with in their illustrious business careers.
It is an accepted fact that coaching and mentoring are processes that enable both individuals and business clients to achieve their full potential. They share many similarities so it makes sense to understand the common ground shared by the two of them.
The one principle common thread which unites all types of coaching;and mentoring is that they offer a vehicle for analysis, objective and constructive criticism, Mentoring and reflection. These can then provide the launching pad for specifically targeted and focused action that ultimately enables the client, individual or corporate, to achieve success in more areas of their life or work.
The definition of coaching can be stated as being as a process that enables learning and development to occur, and thus performance to improve and goals to be achieved. To be successful, a coach should possess a knowledge and understanding of process as well as the variety of styles, skills and techniques that are appropriate to the business or personal context in which the coaching takes place.
Mentoring can be defined as help and assistance given by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking. This can be in their personal or business life, or indeed in both.
The daily struggle to grow and develop a business is not an inconsiderable one. Business owners and managers should look for every way they can to increase their knowledge, improve their business skill sets and thus have every tool at their disposal to be able to grow their business to the maximum potential.
In recent times there has been a growing trend for individuals, particularly home based workers and company owners, to take greater responsibility for their personal and professional development, and even those who are employed in large organisations are no longer relying on employers to provide them with all of their career development needs.
There has been an increase in the number of individuals contracting coaches and mentors on a private basis. Some are looking for a career change, but many are also seeking to maximise their potential with an existing employer or to achieve greater balance with their work and home lives.
Coaching and mentoring can therefore help you achieve many things, be it as an individual, or as a business manager or owner. The one thing both will do is to help you, or your business, become more successful. They will accelerate your learning process as effectively you are absorbing the knowledge, skills and experience of someone else, with that knowledge, those skills and that experience, all tailored specifically for you, and focused on what you want to achieve
One of the hardest lessons we learn in life, and in business, is that we don’t know what we don’t know. To negate that getting in the way of our progress, or the growth and progress of our business, enter the coach and mentor, with that personally tailored and focused coaching and mentoring.
You will note that both coach and mentor were used in that last paragraph, as this article contends that to gain optimum benefits from these services, you should seek coaching and mentoring help from the one source. And if that can be delivered to you on both a personalised and also one to one basis, then you surely have the optimum vehicle to help you achieve your goals.