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Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring

Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring

This desk is part of the attendee preparation for our workshop Leading Engineering Teams For New Managers.

It's the context for Day 3: Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring. For the video and transcript to go with these slides, check out its resources page on our site.


June 14, 2021

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  1. A good mentor • Respects, challenges, and pushes the mentee

    • Has more experience • Supportive on their goals • A good listener • A good guide • Sets expectations, defines rules, and sets goals • Any question is a good question • Calibrates responses to their level and their needs • Available and patient
  2. Coaching It moves the focus from "me the mentor", to

    "them, the mentee". In a nutshell, it is "Say less, ask more"
  3. A good coach • Ask more open questions • Reflect

    • Active listening • “You talked about a few things, which one should we start with?”
  4. Sample questions • What do you want? • What's most

    important to you about it? • What's holding you back? • What does success look like for you? • How can I help? • If you’re saying yes to this, what are you saying no to? • What was most useful for you? • What are you optimising for?
  5. Focus on motivation • On a scale from 1 to

    10, how excited are you about this plan and possible outcome? • On a scale from 1 to 10, how confident do you feel about the plan working? • On a scale from 1 to 10, how confident do you feel in your ability to make it happen? • What would increase your score by one point?