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Coaching vs.


Sheilina Somani, PMP VP of Education, Diversity SIG

Positively Project Management

9.00 to 10.30am

Session Objective
To facilitate discussion with participants, gain perspectives and share learning regarding coaching and mentoring

A moment with Papa Dan

Its possible I may be doing different things at different times


Learner or Learning?
What is a learner? What is learning? Which are you by default? Which one is of most interest to you?

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a relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a result of experience

someone who is able to assimilate and adopt behaviour, beliefs and knowledge

At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvellously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher (1844 - 1900)

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Behaviour is an image in which everyone shows his image.

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Group Session
In groups: Defining a coach Defining a mentor Clarifying attributes

The role of a coach

Facilitate clarification of the goal Guide from a start point to the finish Maintain a threshold to keep focus/track Help overcome hurdles in pursuit of the goal

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Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching
Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality


The role of a mentor

Corrects mistakes Acts as a personal cheering squad Guides in improving the future Provides counsel and wisdom Supports the journey from fantasy to reality Provokes thought and wider perspectives

Requisite Skills for Mentoring

Strong Interpersonal Skills Technical Competence Patience Trustworthiness A Non-judgmental Attitude Belief in Lifelong Learning Skill at Providing Instructional Support

Good Listening Skills


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Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose graciously.
Brooks Clark


Individual Needs
N-ach N-affil N-power

original concept David McClelland; review, code, design Alan Chapman 1995-2006


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Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life
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Actions within PMI Leadership

Support learning and knowledge retention Encourage and actively participate in knowledge reuse and application Ask more questions Flexibility in supporting individual development Facilitate collaboration across SIGs, organisations and individuals


On becoming a super DOOPER

D raw On O ther P eoples E xperiences R egularly


Implementing Coaching/Mentoring
1. Define and plan outcomes 2. Implementation and risk management 3. Training and support 4. Evaluation and replanning 5. Support and closure


A moment with Papa Dan

Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.
Author: Wordsworth

Session Review
The purpose of this session was to facilitate a discussion and review of coaching and mentoring.
I believe that it is vital to negotiate the role with the intended coachee/mentee focus on intentions rather than labels.

Thank you
Sheilina Somani, PMP
VP of Education, DIVERSITY SIG
Positively Project Management +44 7984 840103