COMPASS Coaching and Mentoring: Tools and Resources

Each of us has ultimate ownership of our career choices. Coaching and Mentoring can be key tools in your overall Career Development plan.  Specifically, we can draw upon Coaching and Mentoring at different points along our paths to help us solve a particular problem through developing new skills, increasing self-awareness, and expanding our networks. Below, please find some tools and resources to help determine and navigate whichever path is right for you.

Coaching | Mentoring

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Coaching: A collaborative conversation focused on optimizing and improving individual and/or team skills, knowledge, and abilities to achieve goals and foster engagement. (CWD)

Videos on coaching
*How Coaching Works – a quick and simple introduction to the stages of coaching process
*Turning Coaching Into Collaboration – Margaret Moore, CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, offers tips for making your one-on-one meetings with your direct reports more collaborative and productive.
*Ask the Coach – Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach, gives advice for managers who want to learn how to influence up and become leaders in the future.

Resources for coaching
*Harvard ManageMentor – a wealth of coaching resources in a variety of formats from the Harvard Business School Publishing
*lyndaCampus at Harvard University – search for tutorials on a variety of topics related to both coaching and mentoring
*The Executive Coaching Handbook – this resource outlines the principles and guidelines for a successful coaching partnership  (PDF version)

Articles on coaching
*Four Reasons Managers Should Spend More Time On Coaching – Harvard Business Review article on the benefits of coaching managers.

Actionable items for coaching
*The Coach’s Self Evaluation Checklist – use this checklist from Harvard ManageMentor to evaluate your own effectiveness as a coach
*The Coach’s Planning Form – use this form from Harvard ManageMentor to prepare for a coaching session
*The Career COMPASS Questions Worksheet – this worksheet includes questions to help you think about a coaching or mentoring engagement, whether you are looking for or looking to be a coach/mentor.
*The Engagement Checklist & Worksheet – use this checklist to guide you through the steps of a coaching or mentoring engagement.

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Mentoring: A supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to benefit from this exchange, to enrich their professional journey. (Suzanne Faure)

Videos on mentoring
*What is Mentoring? – an overview of what a mentor does and the different variations of mentoring
*Mentor/Mentee Interview – learn about how this particular pair formed a mentoring relationship and what each of them is gaining from it

Resources for mentoring
*Harvard ManageMentor – tips for selecting mentors from the Harvard Business School Publishing
*lyndaCampus at Harvard University – search for tutorials on a variety of topics related to both  mentoring and coaching
*Guidelines and checklists for effective mentoring relationships – a resource from the University of Washington to help you determine if the benefits of being mentored are worth the additional responsibilities.
*Mentoring Guide – use this guide from CareerConnect to assist you with establishing and navigating through your mentoring relationship

Articles on mentoring
*Demystifying Mentoring – Harvard Business Review article on the four myths of mentoring and related case studies.

Actionable items for mentoring
*Mentoring Workbook – Designed to be used in conjunction with the Mentoring Guide, available above, this workbook contains a series of worksheets and exercises to support mentees and mentors in mentoring relationships.
*Are you ready to be a mentee? – This worksheet lists some of the benefits of mentoring, as well as steps in the mentoring process.
*Planning for and Defining a Mentoring Relationship: New Mentees – This worksheet from a mentoring program at the University at Albany can help you define what mentoring means to you.
*The Career COMPASS Questions Worksheet – this worksheet includes questions to help you think about a coaching or mentoring engagement, whether you are looking for or looking to be a coach/mentor.
*The Engagement Checklist & Worksheet – use this checklist to guide you through the steps of a coaching or mentoring engagement.