KMP+ House of mentoring – Is mentoring a talent factory?

From my three latest podcast episodes, and my last until the summer.

In the episode we talked about the importance of dialogue, mentoring programmes and the trends and future of mentoring and we do that in three episodes.

And who better to do that with than Kirsten M. Poulsen, with more than 30 years of experience in developing people and organisations, Kirsten is internationally recognized for her knowledge and contribution to the mentoring world, having trained more than 10,000 mentors and mentees with the Mentor+ Approach and the Mentor+Game™. Kirsten founded the KMP+ House of Mentoring in 2000 and she has more than 30 years of experience developing people and organizations. She focus on developing tools and concepts based on research to enhance the quality of organisational mentoring programmes.

KMP+ House of Mentoring serves clients globally delivering high impact programmes leadership & talent Development programmes focusing on mentoring as the vehicle for accelerating, enhancing and ensuring learning – creating effective individual and organizational learning.

SoMe strategy plan

I have been struggling for how to reach my audience and wondering if it’s important to have as many followers as possible or what.

The first thing they all say is that you have to start by understanding who you’re audience are and optimizing your profile to appeal directly to them. Ok, but when you have private people, businesses, schools/universities it’s not that easy.

And then they say that I should have a focus on creating high-quality, consistent content and actively engage with your followers through comments and user-generated content. Well I am doing my best here…

So I did something that many recommend, I asked IA, and wow what an answer. I was kind of blown away…

In seconds I had Defind my goals and objectives, had an audience analysis, content strategy/pillar, a posting schedule, a hashtag strategy and an engagement strategy. So I promise to do it and become better, also in here in my blog.

My own podcast studio

I am now in my third session and just released episode #45. I have been thinking about my own studio for a long time and now was the time. Some of my challenges has been the sound, and I think this will do a lot for the sound quality.

Some of the main benefits of a professional podcast studio are: Premium sound quality. High-quality acoustics and soundproofing. High-end equipment and technology, and that’s where I am going now.

For a podcast studio it’s especially two things that is important, the record equipment and to soundproof the room. Regarding the record equipment I went for Røde Podcaster Pro v1.

I will set up for two persons as a standard, but will have the opportunity for four people.

I will put out more about my own private studio late, so stay tuned…

Getting your best year in 2024

If you are like me you are using the time in the end of a year to prepare making your next year even better.

So starting a new year with the intention of making it your best year ever involves a combination of reflection, goal-setting, and intentional action. Here’s five steps to help you get started:

  1. Reflect on the Past Year:
    Take some time to reflect on the previous year. What were your achievements, challenges, and lessons learned? Understanding your past can help you make informed decisions for the future.
  2. Set Clear Goals:
    Define specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for the year. Break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks to make progress more achievable.
  3. Develop Positive Habits:
    Identify habits that contribute to your well-being and success. Establish a routine that incorporates these habits into your daily life. Consistency is key in forming new, positive habits
  4. Develop Healthy Habits:
    Consider adopting habits that contribute to your overall well-being. This could include regular exercise, a balanced diet, sufficient sleep, and mindfulness practices. Healthy habits provide a strong foundation for achieving your goals.
  5. Take Action:
    The most important step is to take action. Start working on your goals today, even if it’s with small steps. Consistent action is key to making progress and turning your aspirations into reality.

Remember, making it your best year ever is a process, not an overnight achievement. Stay committed, stay positive, and stay focused on your goals. Celebrate the small victories along the way, and keep moving forward.

And good luck for 2024

Dealing with ethical dilemmas in mentoring and coaching

For my latest episode on my podcast I argued about this topic and I started with the basic definitions.

What is ethics?

Ethics is the study of morals and principles that guide our decisions about right and wrong. I do not want to delve into the various ethical theories, and go deeper again into utilitarianism, duty ethics, deontology and virtue ethics. It is the theories that provide the framework for understanding what is ethically correct in various situations, but in the podcast I deals with various topics within mentoring and coaching and that is where the focus is.

Socrates believed that «To do well as a man, one must follow his nature», and then he goes on to say that right insight gives right action, and right action in turn makes man happy. And that is what we want right – to be happy…

I was talking about «The global code of ethics» that EMCC has created. It is not only because it was made by the association I am a member of, but because they are trying to create a standard in ethics in our industry and so far 11 other associations in our industry have signed up to use the «Code of ethics» which is developed by EMCC Global.

I think there is no need to reinvent the wheel, we must be able to work together for the best interests of the client, mentee or coachee… They therefore want to launch the global ethical guidelines The ethical rules have been developed to set standards for what clients and purchasers/companies can expect from a coach/mentor in connection with coaching/mentoring or in connection with guidance/advice. The ethical rules must be the starting point for any cooperation agreement. It says something about how we should work with clients, how our professional behavior should be and how you can have an excellent practice.

In an attempt to create some kind of conclusion at the end, ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of the mentoring and coaching practice. Being prepared for such challenges and having a clear understanding of ethical guidelines is essential for maintaining professionalism and integrity as a mentor/coach.

Everyone in the industry should seek guidance, participate in continuous professional development and be willing to reflect on and improve their own practice in order to meet these dilemmas in an ethical way. Using your professional network is important and having such a network behind you should be important for all parties involved.

The Futures of Artificial Intelligence in Coaching and Mentoring

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has permeated every facet of our lives, transforming the way we work, communicate, and even learn. One area where AI is poised to make a significant impact is coaching and mentoring. The integration of AI into coaching and mentoring processes promises to revolutionize how individuals receive guidance and support, making these services more accessible, personalized, and effective than ever before. In this article, we will explore the exciting potentials and emerging trends in the future of AI in coaching and mentoring.

I witness Live testing of AI in coaching by Rebecca Rutschmann from Evoach and playing the coachee Jacob Sønderskov from Dialogisk design. It was really good and scary at the same time. Everything not in Italic is written by ChatGPT.

  1. Personalized Coaching and Mentoring

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has permeated every facet of our lives, transforming the way we work, communicate, and even learn. One area where AI is poised to make a significant impact is coaching and mentoring. The integration of AI into coaching and mentoring processes promises to revolutionize how individuals receive guidance and support, making these services more accessible, personalized, and effective than ever before. In this article, we will explore the exciting potentials and emerging trends in the future of AI in coaching and mentoring.

One of the most promising aspects of AI in coaching and mentoring is its ability to provide tailored guidance to individuals. AI can analyze vast amounts of data, including personal goals, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, to create a personalized coaching experience. This means that the advice and support offered are specifically designed to meet each person’s unique needs and objectives, maximizing their chances of success.

  1. Virtual Coaches and Mentors

Imagine having a mentor or coach available to you 24/7, ready to answer questions, provide advice, and offer support whenever you need it. AI-powered virtual coaches and mentors can make this a reality. These digital mentors can simulate coaching sessions, track your progress, and help you navigate challenges, making guidance accessible to those who may not have access to human mentors.

  1. Skill Assessment and Gap Analysis

AI can assess an individual’s skills and competencies with precision. By analyzing performance data and comparing it to desired outcomes, AI can identify skill gaps that need attention. Coaches and mentors can then develop targeted development plans and provide resources to bridge these gaps effectively.

  1. Natural Language Processing for Communication

Effective communication is a cornerstone of coaching and mentoring. AI, equipped with Natural Language Processing (NLP), can analyze written and spoken communication, such as emails, reports, and presentations, and provide feedback on how to improve. This can be invaluable in helping individuals enhance their communication skills, a critical element of personal and professional growth.

  1. Emotional Intelligence Enhancement

AI can also play a role in enhancing emotional intelligence. By analyzing emotional cues in conversations and interactions, AI can provide feedback on understanding and managing emotions. This aspect of coaching and mentoring is essential for personal development and building better relationships.

  1. Data-Driven Decision Making

AI can offer coaches and mentors valuable insights by analyzing data and tracking progress. This data-driven approach ensures that coaching and mentoring decisions are based on objective information rather than subjective judgments, leading to more effective guidance.

  1. Accessibility and Inclusivity

AI-powered coaching and mentoring platforms have the potential to enhance accessibility and inclusivity. These systems can provide support to a wider range of individuals, including those with disabilities, people in remote or underserved areas, and those from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  1. Continuous Learning and Improvement

AI is constantly learning and adapting. As individuals interact with AI coaching and mentoring systems, these systems can improve and provide increasingly valuable insights and guidance over time. This iterative learning process ensures that users receive the best possible support.

  1. Ethical Considerations

While the potential of AI in coaching and mentoring is immense, it also raises ethical considerations. Data privacy, algorithmic bias, and the risk of overreliance on technology are all important issues that must be addressed to ensure that AI is used responsibly and with the best interests of individuals in mind.

  1. Augmented Human Coaching

The future of coaching and mentoring may involve a harmonious blend of human and AI involvement. AI can handle routine tasks, provide data-driven insights, and assist with specific areas, allowing human coaches and mentors to focus on more complex and nuanced aspects of mentoring relationships.

Conclusion

The future of artificial intelligence in coaching and mentoring holds tremendous promise for transforming these processes into more personalized, accessible, and effective experiences. While the potential benefits are vast, it’s essential to approach the integration of AI in coaching and mentoring with a balanced perspective, addressing ethical concerns and ensuring that technology serves the best interests of individuals seeking guidance and support. As AI continues to evolve, so too will the opportunities for growth and development in coaching and mentoring relationships.

Leadership

The main difference between an administrator and a manager is that an administrator focuses on planning and organizing resources to deliver results.

A leader will inspire, motivate and influence people to achieve both their own goals – and goals for the company.

Listen to my recent podcast episode for more: https://podcasts.apple.com/no/podcast/the-talk-by-mentorguru/id1621845633?i=1000629899538

This episode is in Norwegian, but there are plenty of episodes in English.

Podcast: The talk – by Mentorguru

At Spotify, Apple podcast and Google podcast

The Power of Team Coaching – Part 3

The previous two posts about team coaching have been telling you what it is and now you will get to read about when it will pay off to implement this in your company

When to Consider Team Coaching

Organizations should consider team coaching in various scenarios:

  1. New Team Formation: When forming a new team, team coaching can establish a solid foundation for collaboration from the start.
  2. Underperforming Teams: Teams struggling with conflicts, low morale, or subpar results can benefit from coaching to diagnose and address issues.
  3. Team Changes: After significant changes in team composition or leadership, team coaching can help the team adapt and regain its footing.
  4. Ambitious Goals: Teams working on complex or ambitious projects may benefit from coaching to enhance their collective problem-solving abilities.
  5. Culture Transformation: Organizations aiming to transform their culture to be more collaborative and innovative can use team coaching as a catalyst for change.

Conclusion

Team coaching is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it is a powerful tool that can foster collaboration, enhance communication, and drive success within teams and organizations. By focusing on goal alignment, communication, trust, accountability, and continuous improvement, team coaching helps teams unlock their full potential and achieve sustainable results. In today’s competitive business landscape, investing in team coaching can be a strategic decision that propels organizations to new heights of success.

The Power of Team Coaching – Part 2

Key Principles of Team Coaching

  1. Goal Alignment: Team coaching begins with clarifying and aligning team goals and objectives. This ensures that every member understands their role in achieving the team’s mission.
  2. Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication and collaboration are crucial for team success. Team coaching helps improve these skills by addressing conflicts, enhancing listening, and promoting open dialogue.
  3. Trust and Psychological Safety: Building trust within a team is fundamental. Team coaching creates a safe space for team members to express their thoughts and ideas without fear of judgment, encouraging innovation and risk-taking.
  4. Accountability: Team members hold each other accountable for their actions and commitments. Team coaching helps establish a culture of accountability, where individuals take ownership of their responsibilities.
  5. Feedback and Continuous Improvement: Team coaching emphasizes the importance of feedback and reflection. Teams regularly evaluate their performance and make necessary adjustments to improve continuously.

Benefits of Team Coaching

  1. Improved Team Performance: Team coaching helps teams identify and address challenges, leading to improved productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness in achieving their goals.
  2. Enhanced Communication: Effective communication is a hallmark of successful teams. Team coaching fosters better communication skills, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts.
  3. Greater Innovation: Teams that receive coaching are more likely to be innovative and creative, as they feel safe to explore new ideas and take calculated risks.
  4. Stronger Relationships: Team coaching promotes trust and better relationships among team members, which can lead to higher morale and job satisfaction.
  5. Sustainable Results: Unlike short-term fixes, team coaching aims for sustainable, long-lasting improvements in team performance and dynamics.