How my mentoring work began
About twice a year I am invited to work with board executives of an ever growing company based in the North West of England – This was instigated by the current Chairman who worked with me privately.
The company have diversified into both the United States and Europe. The only difference between them and their competitors is in the minds of the executive team and their ability to utilize the parts of the mind that can ‘see’ opportunities and be more creative.
The Chairman has said I can use their name within a testimonial, but I know he’s not keen to advertise a competitive edge. Every time they take a company over or diverge into a new area, we banter that I should take some credit – I know he feels this as he keeps asking me back. Should I blow my own trumpet? Yes, if we can get past American style Egoism and the English culture that values self deprecation.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is an interactive process that uses Psychology, Performance Coaching and other disciplines, to ensure that all levels of staffing can overcome personal and organizational barriers that inhibit the pursuit of growth and profits.
It is a fact that whether you involve yourself in business or sport, you possess untapped valuable skills and resources that could dramatically improve your performance.
In the sports arena, we readily accept the importance and value of coaches. Any golfer knows that his competitor might have the necessary physical skills to win, but the game will probably be won or lost in the mind.
We aren’t fazed to hear about Tiger Wood’s coach earning a million dollars, and we know that Mark Spitz’s coach (winner of 7 gold medals at the Munich Olympics) couldn’t even swim.
But if you heard that the Chairman of a local Engineering Company was employing a personal coach – How would you respond? Some people respond as if employing a coach is something to be embarrassed by. In reality the complete opposite is true.
Surely by employing every method to enhance your performance and well-being, this is the behaviour of someone who is open minded and intelligent.
The use of repression as a coping approach nearly always leads to other destructive strategies such as the misuse of alcohol or drug abuse, or the displacing / projecting of frustrations and limitations on to others.
Employing a mentor is often likened to having a personal fitness trainer, but relates to your psychological development, skills development and personal growth.
“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
Individuals that have access to support from a mentor or coach tend to reach higher positions due to their accelerated personal development path. Consequently they are more confident and successful.
Mentoring helps people to develop faster thereby becoming more efficient, more productive, happier and successful. After all, personal issues are inevitably intertwined within work;
“The brighter you are the more you have to learn.”
For all staffing levels
A mentor who is trained and experienced in the science of human behaviour can assist in a profound and dynamic way, by offering different and sometimes new ranges of knowledge, skills, experience and insights that any individual can benefit from.
Mentors are not just for your top executives. Within all corporate environments, there are both positive and negative behaviour patterns and self-limiting beliefs from within every strata of staffing levels.
The negative patterns can exert a disproportionate level of damage to your organization, often on an unconscious level. They can range from merely inappropriate to highly destructive.
They can frustrate the leading management and if left unchecked can lead to poor growth, loss of market share, negative stress, high turnover of staff and poor morale.
“All Companies have staff whose minds are so well equipped with the means of refutation and dogma that no new idea has the temerity to seek admittance. Their real contribution to your Company’s success is accordingly very small.”
Based on P.Medawar’s Scientific method.
Mentors are skilled at identifying destructive patterns, bringing them into awareness and replacing them by developing new and positive behaviours.
Of course each and every one of us is unique, but learning new and powerful techniques through one-on-one consulting, exploring personal issues, strengthening areas of weakness and enhancing strengths, are just a few of the ways mentoring can help enhance personal and professional development.
In a time when corporations are battling for global dominance, the main competitive edge a company has is in the minds of its executive team.