What is Coaching and Mentoring

What is Coaching?

Coaching targets performance and improvement, usually in the workplace, and focuses on specific skills and goals, although it may also have an impact on an individual’s personal attributes (such as confidence or motivation). The process typically lasts for a relatively short defined period of time, or forms the basis of an on-going management approach.

Why use Coaching?

Coaching can be highly effective in the following situations:
• Transition arising from promotion
• New appointment from outside the organisation
• On-going sounding board for CEO / Director /Senior Manager
• Lateral move into a different part of the organisation
• Underperforming personnel
• Employee approaching retirement

Coaching can be used to support, or even replace, training courses when it is important to:
• Focus on the most important issues for an individual
• Increase readiness for change
• Create sustained behavioural change
• Make best use of a person’s time
• Focus on the right priority issues for an organisation
• Supply good value for money

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring involves the use of the same models and skills of questioning, listening, clarifying and reframing associated with coaching but tend to be
over a longer time period. Traditionally, mentoring has taken place when a more experienced colleague uses his or her greater knowledge and understanding to support the development of a more junior or inexperienced member of the organisation. This is common in Education where older students mentor younger students, or more experienced teachers mentor newly qualified colleagues.

Why use Mentoring?

Mentoring supports mentees by helping them to gain clarity, get advice, and create a sense of belonging, whilst expanding their networks and providing inspiration. It is particularly valuable for:
• Retaining people
• Recruiting talented employees
• Encouraging diversity
• Improving team efficiency
• Promoting change

The use of internal mentors is a growing trend and we offer training for mentors to address this need. The benefits to the mentors themselves are several-fold:
• Supporting personal development
• Raising confidence and self-esteem
• Practising skills
• Increasing understanding
• Generating new ideas
• Supplying motivation
In summary, coaching and mentoring programmes bring sustainable development and change across a number of sectors, types of organisations and for people from diverse backgrounds.