Mentoring is my method to help you achieve your goals—personal, business or other—through clarifying what your goal really is, what you need to get done to achieve that goal, and through reducing or removing the obstacles that may be in your way.
One very important aspect of mentoring is helping you keep your commitment to improve. By continuously supporting and keeping your focus on activities that bring you closer to your goals, I help you from drifting away to some other things that may seem more urgent, even though they are less important. Here we use the Eisenhower’s method to evaluate the tasks by their urgency and importance.
Keeping in regular contact with my clients and working regularly with them keeps their eyes on the ball, and helps them make the commitment that they have made to achieving their own goals.
The first step is always to clarify what your goal really is and what is the real motivation behind it. Now borrowing from Stephen Covey’s second of seven habits of highly effective people: begin with the end in mind. Let’s place the goalposts, so that we know very well what your success looks like, and then it will be easier to get there. Very often clients have this urge to change things because they are not happy with some aspect of their life, be it their career, health, relationships, or what have you. Working together, we can make it more clear what needs to change, and is it within your field of influence or not.
Then we determine how do you get there. What you need to do in order to come closer to your goal, and finally to achieve it. There is always a series of steps that leads towards that goal, and in many cases there are several tracks that need to be worked on more or less in parallel. For example, to get certified, a client that doesn’t meet the knowledge and experience requirements would have to work on both those areas in parallel, doing the training and collecting contact hours to meet the education criteria, while also at the same time managing projects and collecting hours of experience to meet that criteria.
During the process we usually discover some gaps in skills that should be overcome as they present the obstacle to achieving the goal. For project managers those are mostly related to so-called hard project management skills and techniques, largely described in the PMBOK Guide—like planning techniques, change management procedures, or strategies for mitigating risks. But more and more so the gaps are in the soft skills area, which are related to communication and leadership, like active listening, presentation skills, or negotiation techniques. The third important area is strategic and business management, as very well described in the PMI Talent Triangle.
Another important area where I can help is your environment. Your workplace, your email inbox, the tools you are using. Those can be set up so that you waste a lot of time by working with them, or they can be set up to help you work more efficiently. I can mentor you to set them up properly.
And last but not least, I can help you win your mental game. Overcoming some possible barriers that you yourself put in front of you, and they limit your progress. Maybe you are afraid of speaking in public, or your self-confidence has been quite low recently, or you are afraid to talk to your boss about your well deserved salary raise. Many of those insecurities can be removed by discussing the best approach and by practicing how to behave in certain situations.
Interested in me mentoring you? Reach out to me through any of the channels listed on the about page and let's talk about it. Every person is special and different, and so are you, and you need a program that is tailored just for you. Let's connect and take you to your success!