This weeks session was a review on coaching and mentoring. Although both encompass similarities they are very different (ref).
We worked together in teams to identify, what is coaching, what is mentoring and what the characteristics are of an effective mentor, coach and or leader. REF ON WHAT IS A MENTOR?COACH?LEADER
A key element of being an effective coach/mentor as identified by the group on the day is effective listening. We completed a exercise which required on student to discuss what they would be doing over the Christmas period whilst the other student listened, students were then switched and the original listener became the speaker. The brief was to not listen and make it clear we were not paying attention.
I thought this was a very good exercise, however this is international business management which means many of the students do not have English as a first language. this in itself makes these excercises very difficult given the language barriers. I was please to have the brief of not listening as I knew with the language barrier and the background noise in the room it would be difficult to listen effectively and understand what was being said without having to have it repeated multiple times. The other problem with the exercise is many of the international students given their beliefs do not celebrate the chritmas holiday. I felt the intention of the exercise was great however it did make me feel uncomfortable given the language barrier and cultural beliefs.
Perhaps in the future it would be helpful to allow the students to find a quiet area to effectively listen and keep the topic general, for example what do you have in your fridge, what did you have for breakfast/lunch
During last weeks developing self and others session we were required to create a presentation to deliver to the group based on a company who values their staff and encourage others in the group to apply for a role with this company based on the excellent staff benefits.
We decided on Google as our company of choice. We all went away completed some research and shared our findings with the rest of the team. We then met with one another face to face to look at what we had identified, remove any duplication, clean up the presentation and decide who would deliver what aspect.
A specific area I had researched was Project Aristotle. This was a project undertake by Google to ensure they were invested in their employees and understand their ability to work as a team (NY Times). However two of the other team member had also researched this and it was decided to go with their slides.
I was greatly disappointed about this as I felt that all of my hard work had been for nothing and my part in the presentation would be minimal. I really wanted to use this opportunity to practice my presenting skills as this is a big part of my current role. However in the name of teamwork , whilst the other persons information was fairly similar they had made their section a little more engaging and therefore allowing this section into the presentation was the right decision.
In the future it would be beneficial to meet up face to face in the early stages and compile the research as a team or allocate different sub headings to each member of the team. This was all work generated will be utilized and everyone will get an equal turn.
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