Frequently asked questions
The Mentoring Program will benefit leaders and producers from our levied industries, who are seeking to advance their personal and business development by way of one-on-one mentoring.
The program can assist individuals with succession plans, defining and setting long-term goals, and providing a better basis for promotion and advancement decisions.
If you have experience and are in a decision making role, mid-career, at a management level, or for those in the higher stages of their career please consider applying.
- Mentoring vs business coaching: What’s the difference?
Mentorship and business coaching are often confused because both involve a one-on-one experience between a mentor and mentee to overcome challenges. However, they are completely separate practices that serve different purposes.
Business coaching is task orientated and short term. There is a focus on solving targeted issues, such as, a desire to manage more effectively, more effective speaking, or learning how to think along the lines of a certain business strategy. The skills coaching lasts for a specific period of time, perhaps only a few sessions, where the issue in question is solved.
Conversely, mentorship is designed to be a long-term working relationship with a view to passing on knowledge and developing business direction. Although specific learning goals or skills may be used as a means of forming the relationship, the intention extends beyond these areas. The mentor also provides a safe outlet to deal with the personal side of business by investing interest into the issues preventing the entrepreneur from developing their business and personal achievements. These could be anything from, clarifying the work-life balance, to self-confidence, goal identification, structural or financial planning, or dealing with self perception and public presentation.
Mentoring is more of a mutual and involved experience and less of a training service than business coaching. This makes the process more abstract and free but means that, unlike coaching, mentorship requires a design phase to determine the strategic purposes.
Perhaps for these reasons, coaching is most employed within corporations who want to train employees to acquire specific job performance skills that would aid their work. The coach’s role is simply to tutor the skill, the relationship is clear, and then the use of the coach is fulfilled.
- How are the mentors selected?
Following the application process successful applicants (mentees) will need to complete an online mentee profile providing detail on your business goals and focus areas. The Inspiring Rare Birds team will use this profile, and some additional information, to assist in matching you to an appropriate mentor.