In the age of information, when everything you need to know is almost always a click away, it’s so easy to feel and act like subject matter experts on most topics.
While all this access to learning is a gift to us, one vital source of wisdom and direction is likely to be neglected: mentors and coaches.
While information is needed, impartation is King. And that’s what Google can’t supply no matter how many searches you do. Experience is best shared when imparted by one person to another.
And that is why it is so important to have a mentor and a coach.
Mentors are people who have a wealth of experience and a high level of success in a particular field. The emphasis is long-term. These are your go-to guys for impartation, whose words and advice will be pivotal in shaping you as a novice in your craft.
Tips when being mentored:
1. Prepare your questions. I learned this when I sat in a class by former Del Monte CEO, Alex Castillo. He says that when you meet with your mentor, have questions written down so you can maximize your time and learning with them.
2. Mentors are not limited to those you know. There are online mentors available for you. Some suggestions are from EntreLeadership.com and michaelhyatt.com for business leadership. And for church leadership, stevemurrell.com and edstetzer.com .
Coaches, on the other hand, are those who have taken just a few steps ahead of you in experience. Their focus is primarily on how to resolve specific issues. They would tend to ask more questions to understand and help you figure out a solution. This may involve a series of meetings so the coach can see you through the details of your progress.
Tips when being coached:
1. Be honest with your answers.
2. Be willing to be vulnerable by opening up.
No man is an island. As you humble yourself, the Bible promises the grace to succeed…
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6
And God uses man to impart such a grace.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
1. What are the areas of mentoring and coaching that you need help in?
2. Who can you ask for mentoring and coaching?