Mentoring is not specialized but the experience is focused.

How could I claim to be a mentor? There is no real school for mentoring, it is a life school.  It is connected to thought leadership, humanity, interpersonal skills and communication. Mobilizing those talents together with life experience makes mentoring effective. I would add that I personally experienced a number of personal, family and professional transitions. Can one claim to be an expert in life? No. It is however what life is all about.

 

Over the years, I did enjoy the trust and confidence of all kinds of people and realized that mentoring is very close to advisory, and that the human factor is what connects those two activities. After all, it is all about humanity: very often, I felt that the human dimension of the relationship and the empathy that emerges is another way to be a consigliere. 

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Leadership

We live in a world where the word “leadership” has been used in so many different contexts that it has become almost impossible to distinguish what the term covers. The forms that leadership takes are disparate.

 

However, life will expose every individual to leadership challenges without even knowing what it means. Every individual has a form of leadership. It is true for a Chinese mum as it is for a CEO. The latter has become so prominent that it seems that, without being a CEO, one does not have achieved a successful career.

 

The most important step here is to identify which is the form of leadership of a person. That process avoids mistakes and trouble. I am not talking about the self-help books who have created multiple types of categories that seem like they apply. As helpful as they can be, they cannot be individualized.

 

What are my leadership skills and how can they be put in play? This is the key quest of leadership that mentoring can assist.

Global Adjustments

  • Moving abroad in today’s global world is, for executives, more the rule than the exception. The preparation of this move, including understanding the culture, challenges and rules of the country where one will move is not trivial and can be hugely facilitated by a few mentoring sessions.

 

  • When a company is acquired by a foreign shareholder. It will bring cultural and method changes that could be the source of uneasiness.

 

  • Moving into a new job that includes global responsibilities is a huge change of perspective whether it is in management, marketing, sales or production. Preparing oneself to such a transition can be greatly facilitated by exchanging with an experienced global leader.

Professional Transitions

The days of a linear career with the same company for a lifetime are behind us. That type of career is exceptional even if it cannot be excluded, especially for entrepreneurs. Among the typical questions of this particular mentoring, are some key questions:


Am I bored?

Can I progress where I am?

Do I need to change career path?

Am I able to create my own company?

Should I accept the proposal from my management?

Conflict Resolution

Conflicts come and are part of life. Some can be naturally resolved. Others are much more serious. Bosses can be hugely helpful or destructive. Harassment exists in a number of different ways. Being a woman in an organization does not make the resolution of conflicts easy.

 

It is probably the most painful life experience and happens as well in non-for-profit organizations, and in those cases, in a much more questionable way.

 

Ensuring that one has enough tools and abilities to impose to the environment the respect that one deserves is certainly not trivial.

 

Distress situations sometimes need psychotherapy, and sometimes need to be addressed at the level where the conflict emerges. The latter is the place where mentoring can be helpful and provide an emotive support that is sometimes missing at home or in the workplace.