Essay on coaching and mentoring

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416:- The coaching and mentoring roles
The word "mentor" comes from the The Odyssey, written by the Greek poet Homer. As Odysseus (Ulysses" in the Latin translation) is preparing to go to fight the Trojan war, he realises he is leaving behind his one and only heir, Telemachus. Since Telemachus is only of primary school age, and since wars tended to drag on for many years, Odysseus recognises that Telemachus needs to be coached on how to be king whilst he is off fighting. He engages a family friend named Mentor to be his sons tutor. Mentor is both wise and sensitive-two important ingredients of world class ment. (Chip R. Bell 1998)

Mentoring is a process whereby one person acts as a counsellor and friend to another, usually to support
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Once the coachee successfully acquires the skills, the coach is no longer needed.

Coaching does not require design. Coaching can be conducted almost immediately on any given topic. If a company seeks to provide coaching to a large group of individuals, then certainly an amount of design is involved in order to determine the competency area, expertise needed, and assessment tools used, but this does not necessarily require a long lead-time to actually implement the coaching program.

The coachee's immediate manager is a critical partner in coaching. She or he often provides the coach with feedback on areas in which his or her employee is in need of coaching. This coach uses this information to guide the coaching process

Skills required of a mentor:-
-good communication and listening skills.
-a non-judgemental approach
- the ability to gain trust and respect from pupils, students and parents
-a strong commitment to improving opportunities for young people.
- a constructive approach to pupil disaffection and changing behaviour.
- a confident and positive outlook
- a flexible and creative approach to solving problems
- the ability to interact with people and work as part of a team.
- an understanding to the development of children and young people.
- good planning and organisational skills.
- a willingness to take up in-service training opportunities.
- have the ability to plan, review and give feedback,

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