The idea that we are all increasingly required to operate in VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) times seems to be widely accepted. However, to thrive we need the safety of a reflective thinking 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.