There is no intention to impose a uniform model. Instead, we are working in collaboration to align and develop good practice coaching and mentoring methodologies and resources. Strong capacity, locally generated and sustained, is essential to the success of the system. To achieve our ambition, we need to embrace and respond to the diversity of the Movement and wider sector, be innovative in our thinking, agile in our approach and responsive to changing demands and feedback.
The idea that we are all increasingly required to operate in VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) times seems to be widely accepted. However, it is often the safety of a reflective coaching space where individuals can review multiple perspectives and explore different options. Good coaching and mentoring provide a space for this reflection in which individuals or teams are encouraged to explore different angles that allow them to come to their own conclusions and develop their own solutions. Great coaching and mentoring go one step further and facilitates the power of transformative decision-making, as our coaches and mentors embolden resilience to change and encourage leadership and self-reliance rather than a reliance on a system of hierarchy.
Coaching and mentoring encourage innovative solutions to today’s problems. The relationship with a trusted, experienced coach and or mentor who both challenges and encourages can be a critical one that has been shown to be extremely effective in keeping people healthy and motivated in their work.
Research from Grant Thornton (“The surprising value to coaching in a crisis”) has shown that coaching is adding real value by providing leaders with time to think during this period of global disruption Senior leaders respond to the survey that the value they are getting from coaching now is 24% higher than pre-COVID. Research goes on to show that coaching and mentoring proactively supports developing the resilience of individuals through adopting a spirit of curiosity, space to think and deep presence. Creating a culture that encourages a coaching stance enables us to not only survive in a VUCA world but to ride the wave and turn it into an opportunity to innovate and leverage the talents of the people within. In that sense, coaching and mentoring is a perfect fit for a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.