Coaching and Mentoring
Our coaching philosophy is simple, if you can engage your natural strengths to achieve your goals and ambitions, either at work or at home, you will be happier in what you do. Being happy will enhance your ability and increase your capacity to achieve. Our coaching programs help you develop the tools you need to realise your aspirations and overcome your challenges.
Goal consultants are senior executives with extensive experience in developing and managing people with both national and international relationships. Our training and coaching experience ranges from University lecturers, Professors, Adjunct Fellows, Research team leaders, mentors and coaches. We are active in our respective professional communities, honing our skills by assisting fellow members. Our experienced trainers and coaches can provide formal training, business coaching or individual one-on-one mentoring.
Goal consultants can coach on complex managerial, technical, institutional and program implementation issues in many sectors in Australia and internationally. In addition we have professional executive coaches with internationally recognised qualifications.
Our consultants have assisted in the elaboration of policy proposals; interface with member governments and agencies in resolving policy and program implementation issues, led and participated in missions, interact with clients at the policy level, working together with partners (governments, donors, multilaterals, NGOs, research centers, etc.) in many regions. Our consultants have led the dialogue on financial sector issues with key government agencies such as central banks, commercial banks, ministries in several client countries, at both the policy and technical level.
There is a continuum in the nature of interactions between someone developing competence in a particular area and someone who is already highly competent in that area:
The degree and specificity of the interaction drops as the relationship develops, moving away from transfer of knowledge to modelling of behaviours, from harder skills to softer skills and attitudes. While our programme and project management or other discipline courses are acknowledged as among the best available in Australia, we do not make the mistake of saying that attending a training course raises competence. Competence is the demonstration of mastery in the workplace – “doing it” rather than “knowing it”.
Coaching is about applying theory, knowledge and skills in a practical and pragmatic way. Coaching tends to focus on the achievement by coaches of a goal or specific skill. The coach should present information in a way that connects and makes sense, resulting in increased performance.
Mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less. The personal credibility of the mentor is as essential to quality mentoring as is their skill.
Our consultants are very experienced in their field and bring their practical workplace experience to each engagement. They are well placed to help in the personal development of programme and project managers, and operational managers taking on their first programme and project governance or support roles.
A coach or mentor is not there to advise the mentee as to the design of solutions or how they should be implemented, nor to actually create any specific product. Neither will the mentor recommend solutions to problems, but rather guide the mentee towards solutions.
From an individual’s viewpoint, coaching and mentoring provide a sounding board and support mechanism as the person moves into unfamiliar territory. From an organisational perspective, coaching is an important developmental pathway as it allows the organisation to capture and disseminate lessons learned, mitigate any risk associated with the use of inexperienced programme and project managers, reinforce organisational programme and project management methods and provide support to programme and project management team members in a cost effective manner.
All our coaches and mentors work on the basis of the following principles:
- Voluntary commitment
- Absolute confidentiality
- Lasting impartiality
- Unequivocal respect
- Equality of coachee and coach (eye to eye level)
If you would like more information on this or any other service that Goal can provide, please Contact Us.