Coaching & Mentoring

What Is Coaching and Mentoring?

Coaching and mentoring are processes that enable both an individual and corporate client to achieve their full potential.

Coaching and mentoring share many similarities so it makes sense to outline the common things coaches and mentors do whether the services are offered in a paid (professional) or unpaid (philanthropic) role.

  • Facilitate the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual in making real, lasting change.
  • Use questioning techniques to facilitate client’s own thought processes in order to identify solutions and actions rather than takes a wholly directive approach
  • Support the client in setting appropriate goals and methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals
  • Observe, listen and ask questions to understand the client’s situation
  • Creatively apply tools and techniques which may include one-to-one training, facilitating, counselling & networking.
  • Encourage a commitment to action and the development of lasting personal growth & change.
  • Maintain unconditional positive regard for the client, which means that the coach is at all times supportive and non-judgemental of the client, their views, lifestyle and aspirations.
  • Ensure that clients develop personal competencies and do not develop unhealthy dependencies on the coaching or mentoring relationship.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the process, using objective measures wherever possible to ensure the relationship is successful and the client is achieving their personal goals.
  • Encourage clients to continually improve competencies and to develop new developmental alliances where necessary to achieve their goals.
  • Work within their area of personal competence.
  • Possess qualifications and experience in the areas that skills-transfer coaching is offered.
  • Manage the relationship to ensure the client receives the appropriate level of service and that programmes are neither too short, nor too long.

Personal coaching & mentoring

From time to time Calum offers personal coaching and mentoring for clients, which is mainly carried out via, telephone, video call, messaging and occasionally face to face depending on the client and location. 

face-to-face but email and telephone based relationships are also very common. These coaches and mentors operate in highly supportive roles to those who wish to make some form of significant change happen within their lives.

Calum offers his clients a highly supportive and motivating environment to explore what they want in their life and how they might create the changes to achieve their aspirations and fulfil their needs.

By assisting the client in committing to action and by being a sounding-board to their experiences, coaching and mentoring allows the individual the personal space and support that is required to grow and develop. A coach’s key role is to assist the client to maintain the motivation and commitment needed to achieve their goals.

Personal coaching is differentiated from business coaching by the context and the focus of the programme, Personal coaching is taken entirely from the individual’s perspective.however if the client is also the business owner, then personal and business coaching can be combined. 

Business coaching on its own is always conducted within the constraints placed on the individual or group by the organisational context. 

Business coaching & mentoring

Organisational development, changes brought about by mergers and acquisitions as well as the need to provide key employees with support through a change of role or career are often catalysts, which inspire companies to seek coaching or mentoring.

At one time coaching and mentoring was generally reserved for senior managers and company directors. Now it is available to all as a professional or personal development tool. Coaching and mentoring are also closely linked with organisational change initiatives in order to help staff to accept and adapt to changes in a manner consistent with their personal values and goals.

Coaching & mentoring, both of which focus on the individual, can enhance morale, motivation and productivity and reduce staff turnover as individuals feel valued and connected with both small and large organisational changes. This role may be provided by internal coaches or mentors and now is increasingly carried out by professional coaches, which is where we can help you.

Coaching and mentoring programmes generally prove to be popular amongst employees as coaching achieves a balance between fulfilling organisational goals and objectives whilst taking into account the personal development needs of individual employees. It is a two-way relationship with both the organisation and the employee gaining significant benefits.

There is also an increasing trend for individuals to take greater responsibility for their personal & professional development and even those who are employed in large organisations are no longer relying on employers to provide them with all or 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 achieve greater balance with their work and home lives.

Whether you are looking for Personal Development & Transformation or Business Development & Transformation, we can provide a tailor made package to suit your needs.

Contact us today to discuss how we can work together and achieve the results that you are looking for.