Career Coaching and Mentoring
Coaching and Mentoring; Onboarding, Team Repair, Retirement Preparation, Performance Improvement
Coaching and Mentoring
A team’s dysfunction usually stems from one or more of the following being out of alignment;
- Values: the values being displayed by the team leader, the team or the organisation do not match those of one or more of the team members. This mis-match will cause a lack of commitment and the concomitant lack of performance and the resulting antagonism and dysfunction.
- Role: if any team member is in an unsuitable role that does not match their skills, interests and aptitudes, they will lack enthusiasm and contribute to the overall dysfunctional behaviour of the team.
- Fit: if the personality of the team members differs sufficiently in style, especially that of the leader, then misunderstandings, impatience, retribution and gossip ensues.
Our Team Navigator program
Team Repair is essentially bringing these issues to light through giving each member clarity about themselves and on the key issues, clarity about their differences with others.
This leads to greater understanding and tolerance, and where necessary, an early recognition of when a more intrusive intervention is required and the consequent plans.
“Onboarding: the induction and assimilation of a new employee or an employee new to the role.”
When an organisation is considering moving a middle ranking, functional Manager to a Senior Manager or Executive position, there is often a discussion about the development program required. just as importantly, this is also a time when the employee is feeling at their most vulnerable and insecure. It is a phase, that when not properly supported, can result in an unacceptably high failure rate. USA studies claim that there is a greater than 50% failure rate in the first 18 months when a comprehensive induction and onboarding process is absent.
While a potential executive can possess great grounding and potential, it is very helpful to understand their gaps for the new role and how their personality and values will enhance or restrain their success.
As with any role, employees must know who they are, what their commercial offer is and a clear practical idea of their aspirations.
With this knowledge and an understanding of the key tasks that will confront them, a gap analysis can be performed and appropriate plans can be compiled and approved. Typically these plans will consist of internal experience/guidance on-the-job and external training.
The first 90 days of assimilation are crucial in establishing credibility. Credibility is dictated by perceptions of the employee’s capability which are dictated by perceptions on how well they have met the stated requirements. Often, but not always, this includes an assessment of how well they have assimilated with the prevailing culture.
This is not a good time to be displaying uncertainty or being overly cautious in making decisions and in performing the key tasks.
An external mentor is a confidential source of review and a sounding board which can accelerate the assimilation and confidence of the employee resulting faster in an effective new employee and less disruption to the organisation’s continuity.
The Executive Navigator program provides these catalysts.
Retirement today is more a change in lifestyle governed by a set of personal criteria than a cessation of all activity.
In the past, when people ceased work, and it had been hard manual labour, they went home to recover and live an easier life.
Most retirees nowadays are retiring from knowledge work, which they may well have enjoyed and found stimulating; to ask them to cease is unreasonable and soul destroying.
Today’s retirement is more about maintaining your interests on your own terms, rather than on your employer’s terms.
Typically, when people consider retirement, they usually have considered the financial viability, understand their health situation and hence what is possible and have a list of immediate needs and plans. But for some people, retirement is forced upon them with no immediate plan, this can be very distracting and destructive.
For anyone considering retirement, or who is about to be forced to consider the retirement mode of life, they need a plan that enables them to feel in control, useful and have a continuing purpose that is dictated by their interests and passions.
There are typically, three phases of thinking around Retirement.
A. Impending; the wind down in employment and repositioning in your mind of what is expected of you, assessing the financials and preparing the “Laundry List”.
B. Laundry List. The 2-18 month period immediately following cessation of full time work includes all the things one wished for while occupied at work such as travel, house repairs, golf every day, learning a new skill or language….. but the list or the money, or the golf partners run out…..
C. Lifestyle Change. After about 18 months, you settle into the new way of life, based on what you really like to do with your time, it can be regarded as a well-earned self-Indulgence, is very rewarding and satisfying.
The Nine Lives Consulting Lifestyle Navigator Program
Assists people to engage joyfully with these opportunities, we review your past career and your future aspirations through structured discussions and psychometric instruments. We then develop a longer term plan of activities and actions to provide focus and enable you to feel in control and useful, before you embark on the Laundry List phase.
The end result is you have higher self-esteem and are more attuned to the major impending changes and more in control of your destiny.
You are then better positioned to assimilate the changes and enjoy your new way of life.
Coaching and Mentoring
Nine Lives Consulting defines these as follows:
- Mentoring: regular confidential discussion with the recipient on topics of concern to the recipient.
- Coaching; a structured process of developing the recipient to achieve a specified outcome with an agreed and documented methodology, time frame and goals.
Nine Lives Consulting will compile a plan of action which:
- is agreed to by all parties prior to commencement.
- will involve separate interviews with the sponsor and the recipient to ensure clarity and consistency of purpose.
- ensures the suitability of the proposed Coach or Mentor for the proposed participant.
- is structured and focused on defined outcomes in an agreed timeframe.