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The Roles of Mentor, Coach and Manager

All these positions –the mentor, the coach and the manager –carry their own importance to organizations. To someone in a non-management position, these three roles may appear to be synonymous with each other, but there is an element of difference between each of these.

An organization needs all these three roles if it has to facilitate team engagement and lead it to higher results. A mentor, coach and a manager have their own unique and designated roles to perform and bring their own perspectives and expertise, during the course of which their skills come into play. Each of these has a hand in helping the employees produce high quality work and stay motivated while doing so.

This is how the three roles play out:

Mentor: The mentor plays the role of imparting the wisdom and intelligence needed by an employee for performing her tasks.  When a mentor plays out her role, it is a kind of two-way activity, in that while the mentor imparts learning to the mentee; she too gains something in the process from the other side. Usually carried out over long periods of time; mentors are brought into organizations when the talents have already been identified and these need channelization and proper optimization. To an extent, mentors handhold employees that they mentor.

Coach: A coach works with the employees more closely to motivate them to reach their goals and enhance their performance. While a coach puts various coaching theories into practice and helps the team overcome challenges and obstacles; she normally does not set the goals herself. When specific and set goals have been chalked out; coaches come in to push the team towards these. It is important to note that a coach does not have to be an expert in the skill needed for helping the organization; she only needs to know how to help people get to where they want to get. Think of a coach in any sport. Does a football coach actually play the game?

Manage: Managers are designated to carry out an organization’s day-to-day functions. People who are good at overseeing and organizing and at operations succeed as managers. A manager brings in order and carries out tasks in a systematic fashion in helping the organization reach its goals. A manager carries out a number of tasks in the process.

Whatever the ways by which these three roles are played out; if there is one commonality in all of these, it is that they are all focused on taking the organization to its desired outcome. This is why each of these is required for organizations for different purposes and for meeting different goals. In some organizations, all these three roles are employed. Other organizations may not employ all of these together. This is purely need based.

More about the roles of mentor, coach and manager

How does an organization decide which of these is what it needs? Does it need a mentor, or a coach, or a manager? What is its expectation about each of these roles at different points of time? These and related aspects will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources area, will be offering.

At this webinar, Valerie Pelan, who has been consulting and providing Executive coaching for over 10 years, at which she has been combining her business experience working in Fortune 100 companies and her experience as an entrepreneur, will be the speaker.

To gain insights on how to understand the nature and role of coaching, mentoring and managing, please register for this webinar by visiting http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=701763LIVE?saf...

The differences between mentor, coach and manager

The main focus of this webinar is the difference between being a mentor, coach and a manager. In illustrating this, Valerie will show how an organization can use the skillsets of each of these and complement one another to engage employees better. She will explain how to manage one’s career using a mentor, coach or a manager.

She will cover the following areas at this session:

  • Learn the different skills to Mentor, Coach, and Manager.
  • Learn the role of a Mentor, Coach and Manager in team engagement and employee loyalty
  • Successful career management by employees means accountability and getting formal and informal feedback
  • Learn how to use all three skills and what to expect from each different role in providing career enhancement
  • Learn the role of feedback from the three different types that can enhance your career.

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