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Mentors, Coaches, Sponsors - What do I need?

Presentation prepared for NSBE Region IV Fall Regional Conference - Mentors, Coaches, Sponsors - What do I need? This presentation covers the differences between the three top advisory roles and what to expect from each. It concludes with a quiz on mentors from TheBalance.com and several reference links to additional information.

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Mentors, Coaches, Sponsors - What do I need?

  1. 1. Mentors, Coaches, Sponsors What do I need? Valeria Hunter, Founder and Principal Consultant http://www.valerialhunter.com 19 November 2016 HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 1
  2. 2. Valeria L. Hunter Founder & Principal Consultant Hunter Knowledge and Insights LLC valeria@valerialhunter.com Career Path - Process Engineer, Senior Research Engineer (Westinghouse, PNNL) - Business Development Analyst, Financial Analyst, Commercial Analyst, Project Portfolio Manager (BP Pipelines, North America) - Project Manager (Hydrogen Refueling, BP plc Gas Power and Renewables) - Community of Practice Performance Leader, Organizational Learning Leader, Knowledge Manager (Refining Technology, BP plc Refining and Marketing) HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 2
  3. 3. Valeria L. Hunter Founder & Principal Consultant Hunter Knowledge and Insights LLC valeria@valerialhunter.com Education - MLIS, Dominican University (River Forest, IL) - Certificate-Knowledge Management, Dominican University (River Forest, IL) - MBA, John M Olin School of Business – Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) - BChE, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) - BS Chemistry, Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 3
  4. 4. Definitions mentor: noun | men-tȯr a) experienced and trusted person who gives another person advice, esp. related to work or school, over a period or time b) someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 4
  5. 5. Definitions coach: noun | kōch a) a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer b) a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 5
  6. 6. Definitions sponsor: noun | spän-sər a) one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing b) a person who vouches for or is responsible for a person or thing c) a person who makes a pledge or promise on behalf of another HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 6
  7. 7. What do you need? A mentor • takes a long-range view on your growth and development. • helps you see the destination • offers encouragement and cheerleading A mentor does NOT • give you the detailed map to the destination • provide "how to" advice Examples • Brainstorm your a career trajectory • Introduce new opportunities and people HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 7
  8. 8. What do you need? A coach • takes a short-term view on specific professional development • relationship is structured • focuses on helping you achieve specific, immediate goals A coach does NOT • offer career advice or counsel over long-term trajectory Examples • Public speaking practice, dry run, and tips • Resumé or LinkedIn profile review and overhaul • International business culture guidance HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 8
  9. 9. What do you need? A sponsor • is senior in your organization and has the power to get you that next job • believes in your potential and is prepared to take a bet on you • has a voice at the table and is willing to be your champion • provides cover you need to take the risks necessary to succeed Examples • Career transition, new job, changing discipline • Intervene for new roles on your behalf • Private investment in a start-up or new venture HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 9
  10. 10. Quiz: The Balance.com HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 10
  11. 11. Mentoring Myths and Realities Select True or False for each question 1. It is best if mentors are selected by the protégé. 2. Mentors and protégés usually work together for many years. 3. Mentors and protégé pairings work out best when they have similar interests and styles. 4. Mentoring works best when it is an informal process. 5. It is better if the protégé’s boss is not his/her mentor. 6. It is better if the mentor is outside of the protégé’s direct organization. 7. Same-gender pairings usually work out best for a mentoring relationship. 8. Mentoring can help acclimate the protégé to a new environment. HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 11
  12. 12. Mentoring Myths and Realities 9. A mentor can sponsor and coach activities that will foster and promote growth. 10. Mentoring usually works best without any processes to get in the way. 11. Mentoring is only for fast-trackers. 12. Mentoring is one way of developing protégé’s skills. 13. Mentoring works best when the mentor and protégé are in different fields. 14. One of the major roles of a mentor is a counselor. 15. Mentoring is a significant investment of time for the mentor. 16. To be successful, mentoring must be done face-to-face. HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 12
  13. 13. Mentoring Myths and Realities 17. Anyone can be a successful mentor. 18. Mentors generally report receiving significant benefits of working with a protégé. 19. Protégés generally earn more money than their peers in similar positions. 20. Protégés are generally more satisfied with their careers than their non-mentored peers. 21. The mentor/protégé relationship should be open so that the protégé can talk about any subject. 22. Everything in the mentor/protégé relationship should be focused on the issue of the development of the protégé. 23. Mentoring should be listed on the protégé’s Individual Development Plan. 24. The protégé’s boss is not really involved in the mentoring process. HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 13
  14. 14. Resources • Reh, F. John (2016). A guide to understanding the role of a mentor. the balance, and about.com company https://www.thebalance.com/a-guide-to-understanding-the- role-of-a-mentor-2275318 • Richards, Kelli. (2015). The difference between a coach and a mentor. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellevate/2015/10/15/the- difference-between-a-coach-and-a-mentor/#6f53d99e49f9 • Goudreau, Jenna (2013). You need a sponsor, not a mentor, to fast track your career. Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/you-need-a-sponsor-to-fast- track-your-career-2013-9 HunterKnowledge&Insights,LLC 14

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