Mentoring what it is and is not
As a nursery owner or manager you may have wondered if engaging a mentor to provide you with support in moving your business forward; or for personal support; would be a good investment, but don't really know what mentoring is all about and whether it would be right for you and your business.
1 Mentoring is NOT coaching and is NOT counselling and is NOT training…but at times can incorporate elements of the above. Traditionally mentoring is a one to one holistic relationship focussed on helping individuals grow, mostly on a personal level that also helps with business issues.
2 Mentoring can take you from GOOD to GREAT. Mentoring is at heart an empowering tool that enables individuals to tap into their potential and achieve their best.
Mentoring is also about having the opportunity to ‘blue-sky’ in total confidence and safety. In a mentoring relationship mentees should feel free to ask any questions, think beyond limitations and boundaries and deploy all kinds of scenarios. It is often from these apparently ‘impossible’ discussions that very ‘possible’ ideas begin to emerge.
3 Mentoring comes in many shapes and forms. Traditionally Mentoring is a face to face and one to one relationship, however telephone and skype are all very easily used in mentoring. This flexibility works very well for example for busy managers and owners meaning the mentoring can take place in line with the needs of the business and is both time and cost effective.
Whichever way you look at it, mentoring is hugely beneficial to individuals and to teams. Whether your purpose is performance, engagement or empowerment, mentoring can support your aims!