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Supporting your journey in project management. Building skills or inspiring and tuning your own approach.
Coaching and mentoring in the project management area are useful for confirming and developing skills. This approach is unlike assessment where we seek to measure against a recognised maturity level. In coaching and mentoring we work with the client to explore areas for development. This can sometimes be tuning of existing techniques. Starting from a position of answering questions and facilitating the discovery of solutions with the client.
This approach helps to give clear and comprehensive measures of a complete PMO or Project management function. If allows support of managers and team members that are a part of the process. Offering immediate help, advice and solutions. Building on practical skills. While acting as a save sandbox to try out new ideas. Building on existing training and qualifications but in real life situations.
Coaching and mentoring are development techniques. It is based on the use of one-to-one discussions to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or work performance. It is possible to draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring although in practice the two terms are often used interchangeably.
Coaching targets high performance and improvement at work and usually focuses on specific skills and immediate issues. The process typically lasts for a relatively short defined period of time. Often it focuses on specific subject areas and spot solutions to urgent or important elements of PMO or Project delivery. Coaching can be at a team level but has the best results on a one to one basis.
Mentoring is always at a one to one level. Mentoring involves the use of the same models and skills of questioning, listening, clarifying and reframing associated with coaching. Traditionally mentoring has tended to describe a relationship in which long term. The target can be evaluated and plans made to achieve bigger goals. It can start with fixing immediate issues or bridging short term gaps. Mentoring works by establishing a trust between mentor and mentee and allows far more scope to develop wider skills. Giving a framework in which to try out new ideas with a safe and objective sounding board; leading to achievement of longer term aims.