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MENTORS BEWARE! The Rules are Changing

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MENTORS BEWARE! The Rules are Changing

It’s true. The already steep responsibility of mentorship is getting steeper. Not because the need for mentors has changed. It hasn’t. In fact, we need mentors more than ever before. It’s the changing environment that is “changing all the rules” for mentors.

This presentation explores the differences between the "Coaching TRANSACTION" and the "Mentoring BIG PICTURE."

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  • 1. The rules are changing. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 2. It’s true. The already steep responsibility of mentorship is getting steeper. Not because the need for mentors has changed. It hasn’t. In fact, we need mentors more than ever before. It’s the changing environment that must be considered. The rules are changing. In this presentation on MENTORING, I’ll drill down into over 25 years of my own experience as a CEO Leader and Strategist. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 3. Before unpacking what’s changed for mentors, let’s clear up some confusion around the difference between coaching mentoring Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 4. THE COACHING “TRANSACTION” Coaching is tactical and transactional with a goal to teach someone how to “build the individual parts” that make up a bigger whole. The coaching process is more specific than mentoring. It features the exchange of precise information from an experiential-driven knowledge base. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 5. Coaches set task-oriented goals and introduce accountability into the process. The coaching relationship typically focuses on incremental improvement of performance-driven metrics with some kind of objective measurement of value. Coaches moves the process from Point to Mark Affleck A Point B through step-by-step replication. Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 6. coaching mission The is to improve knowledge, skills or abilities in the person being coached so later they can better perform the task or work on their own. Coaches try to direct a person to a destination end state by strategically and efficiently guiding the process along the way. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 7. Coaches are detail-oriented and less concerned about having a deeper connection with the mentee—although close relationships often develop in the course of coaching engagements. Coaches usually operate against a clock that is largely absent in mentoring. When the work is complete, that engagement ends. That’s a very quick view of coaching. On the next page we’ll get back to mentoring and those changing rules. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 8. The BIG PICTURE for mentors Coaching is a tactical exercise that depends on a good strategy (mentoring). It’s much like the difference between organizational tactics and strategy where deploying tactics without a crystallized vision and strategy leads to results ranging all the way from mild confusion to a big failure. Mentoring, on the other hand, pivots off how the individual parts that are addressed in coaching fit together to form the larger, complete picture. Mentors are expected to improve the overall understanding of another person, rather than developing or improving a basic skill. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 9. The Mentor’s role is not hierarchical where the “expert” sits atop a throne and dishes out wisdom to aspirational individuals sitting below. No thrones. The mentoring relationship is a power free, mutually beneficial learning experience. Mentors provide advice, share knowledge and teach their mentee through a low pressure, Mark Affleck self-discovery process. Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 10. Mentoring is a long-term commitment that requires the mentor’s time investment because they aren’t just teaching their mentees; they must connect at a deeper and more inspirational level. Mentors focus on the person and their life/career to generate individual growth, maturity, and greater understanding. They become an advocate and sounding board about life’s bigger picture for the mentee. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 11. MENTORS: A NEW RULEBOOK OK…fair enough. Mentors are different than coaches and focus on the bigger picture to help the mentee successfully move through life and career. And, clearly, that critical role is not changing. So what is changing that produces a new way of thinking for mentors? It’s the filter through which mentors do their work that has changed. I call it the ChangeAge. A world without borders. A world buffeted by an information hurricane. A world where the future is not a linear extension of the present. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 12. Mentors need to embrace the reality that tomorrow will be faster than today and smart work will replace hard work. That we must deal with NOW by embracing the mammoth contradictions in our midst. While everything is changing, nothing is changing at all. Wal-Mart still sells hair spray and mouse traps. Google still helps us search the Internet. Mark Affleck Apple’s iPhone still zooms out of the factory like lightening. Ford still builds cars and trucks. Posted February 19, 2014 Mobil still sells gasoline from street corners across America. Microsoft still sells the world Windows (at least for now). http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 13. In front of the CONTRADICTION CURTAIN are the inexorable churnings of the ChangeAge which produce these five rule changes for mentors: #1 #2 The CAREER LADDER is down. #3 It’s COMMUNITY, not company. #4 The end of HIERARCHY. #5 Mark Affleck The CONTINUOUS LEARNING imperative. The rise of BRANDING DISTINCTION. Posted February 19, 2014 Turn the page for the details. http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 14. #1 Rule Change Mentors must know that: The CONTINUOUS LEARNING imperative Everyone has a new job in 2013, and a new responsibility–lifetime self-management and continuous learning. It’s the only value we can sustain over time and through the tumult of the ChangeAge. The entire industrialized world is grappling with the same monster. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 15. #2 Rule Change The CAREER LADDER Is down. Mentors must know that: Everyone is vulnerable because they have taken down the CAREER LADDER. With it, Lifetime employment has vanished. The regular merit raise, gone. Individualism, management supervision, paternalism, and top-down command and control power…all gone. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 16. #3 Rule Change It’s COMMUNITY, not company. Mentors must know that . . . The strength of a business today is measured by its relationships and connections outside the office. Organizations have no choice but to build a community–not a traditional company. Increasingly, they are hiring people provocateurs who can push for connections in the organization’s ecosystem and value--truly value--all customers, every partner, and the entire staff of workers. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 17. #4 Rule Change Mentors must know that: The end of HIERARCHY Leaders who progressed through the old hierarchical system are struggling to keep up. Their quantitative skills and arrogance are often useless in a world driven more and more by technology and communication abilities. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 These individuals are frequently benched in the new game which is teambased, collaborative, technology focused, and less rigid cross functionally. And that “good-old-boy” network that protected those leaders is now a relic. http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 18. #5 Rule Change The rise of BRANDING DISTINCTION. Mentors must know that: Being “competent” is merely the price of entry in the competitive ChangeAge. Everyone is competent, at least on their website. Obviously we need to be competent at what we do, but success today comes when we leverage those competencies by creating a “Core Distinction.” We must capture our essence and value in the marketplace, relative to the competition. Like it or not… Personal Branding is here to stay. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 19. MENTORS: Don’t mourn the death of hierarchy… Celebrate the dawning of an exciting opportunity to paint new pictures for your mentees on a blank canvas. Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com
  • 20. The Author CEO Change Leader Strategist Issues & Crisis Manager As CEO of YellowChair Strategy, he helps leaders transform their organization to “survive today and thrive tomorrow.” Mark Affleck Posted February 19, 2014 MARK AFFLECK http://www.yellowchairstrategy.com