Ready for big results in 2015? Then you’ll need a mentor, a coach and a sponsor in your corner.
But who are these people? How can they help? And why do we need them in our corner?
Coaching, mentoring and sponsorship are terms we hear a lot, sometimes even interchangeably. First, let’s delineate their roles:
A mentor focuses on your growth as an individual. Mentors act as role models and are most often in your same profession, and the relationship is mutually beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. Tara Campbell of Powerhouse Growers explains, “The relationship gives the mentor and mentee permission to challenge and provoke action. They inspire us, drive us to dig deeper, and train us on the importance of education, research, and most of all being intentional.”
The mentee often drives the conversation. The mentor focuses primarily on listening rather than offering specific feedback. Mentoring can be informal or formal and be an ongoing relationship or be for a set amount of time. Mentors take a more holistic approach than a coach and are more concerned with your development as a person than specific results.