Discover The Value Of Mentoring

Life, Business & Leadership

 

The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus used this parable to make it clear that God has left us with God-Given gifts which it is our duty as faithful and good servants of His to invest in and develop and not let go to waste. 

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

One-to-One Mentorship Coaching…

Explore the incredible difference that the care, guidance and support of a dedicated mentor can make to your direction in life

How Could Finding The Right Mentor Help Make A Difference To Your Future?..

We don’t learn to read directly from a book, we need to be guided by someone. Developing our mental, emotional and spiritual maturity and the competent skills needed to successfully navigate life on a daily basis is no different. Many studies show our upbringings are at best incomplete and at worst woefully inadequate, so to the degree we struggle in any particular area, it’s because we lack essential knowledge and abilities to be able to breakthrough those bigger problems. The more we do that the more we can develop value of all kinds; human, material & financial value. The best solution to making progress is having someone personally guide you from  where you are to where you want to get to, using their knowledge, practical wisdom, hard earned insights and life experience. Learning from mistakes is essential, but learning from someone else’s mistakes so we can avoid them and make better ones is wisdom. 

If desired, we can offer personal 1-1 professional mentorship coaching through our partners, Lighthouse Global. The Bible has provided us all with the ultimate foundational wisdom for righteous living, but practically applying its principles to everyday life and developing strong life skills and leadership in line with that can be challenging, to say the least. God isn’t going to solve our problems for us, but He will help us to grow and develop our God-given potential, to develop the attitudes, traits and skills we need to better acquire the right resources. to The more resourceful we are, the better we can protect and provide for others, as well as overcome the trials He allows us to go through.

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What is the Difference Between Mentoring & Coaching ?

It’s understandable that you might think mentoring and coaching are similar or even the same practice with a different title. After all, both involve one or more people helping another person become the best they can be. But they’re not the same at all.

Both warrant serious consideration in our lives, businesses and careers. Mentoring & Coaching require committed and positive action if we are to optimise our lives and those in it. They work together but in order of process; mentorship first, then coaching. Mentorship flows into coaching.

Below are the four main differences:

1. Coaching is Task-Oriented
The focus is on tangible issues relating to hard skills, such as managing more effectively and efficiently, speaking with greater clarity and articulation, as well as learning how to think in a strategic way. This calls for a skills development professional (coach) who is proficient at teaching a skill set to the coachee on how to develop and be competent at the skill at hand.

2. Coaching Tends to be Short-Term
Coaching is often just on a short term basis. It’s on an “as much as is needed” format. Once a skill is learned then the coachee moves on to the next skill perhaps with another coach. At LIG we have successfully brought together the long-term self-leadership top-line elements like mentoring, with the shorter-term bottom line management and skill-based coaching. This forms a seamless Mentorship Coaching process.

3. Coaching is Measured & Driven by Performance
Mentoring is driven and measured by the development and transformation of the person. Its aim is to develop the person for both short and longer-term goals. Mentoring often leads to wonderful, meaningful and purposeful long-term relationships that coaching, by the nature of it, rarely does.

4. Coaching is More About the Skill Than the Person
Coaching does not need as much thought and planning behind it as mentoring does. It is less about the person and personality, and more about the skill.

Coaching can be done almost on the spot without any thought for the person at all, except what is relative to the skill to be coached.

Mentoring has a longer, more meaningful and purposeful lead time and process.

When Coaching is preceded by Mentorship, it takes coaching and skill learning to almost unbelievable levels. It shortens the training period considerably and increases the learning and proficiency many times over.

We believe that armed with the understanding of the differences between Mentorship and Coaching even at this basic level, you will get more out of yourself and will be able to use it both as an inspiration and a catalyst to greater and greater achievement in your life.

How Does Mentoring Compare To Coaching?
The focus is on transformational issues that are often less tangible issues, like how to deal with criticism or how to focus, or how to be motivated when times are hard. How to deal with problems and challenges relating to achieving a result through and with people. It has more to do with the top line (leadership) rather than bottom line (management) of our lives, business and/or career.

Mentoring is about relationships
Mentoring is based on sound relationships. Its aim is to provide a trust-filled environment where the Mentee shares his or her professional and personal challenges and obstacles to success.

Self-leadership along with trusting relationships is what is at the core of Mentorship; helping the Mentee with the right personal and interpersonal skills necessary to be able to apply their harder skill set, like management and technical skills with greater leadership and direction.

Mentoring is leadership, Coaching is management
Top line (leadership) always precedes bottom line (management) – both are important to the Mentor and Mentee. If you have a bottom line life problem like procrastination, or being in too much debt, or not making enough money then your top line leadership issues are where you need to go to start leading yourself out of that problem process.

This is what Mentorship is all about; taking the lead in your life, career and business so that the bottom line (coaching/management) can be dealt with in a powerful and optimal way, thereby not only solving the problem but succeeding to optimal levels beyond merely solving it just to survive.

This is why, as a direct result of years of active research with people in real life situations, we advocate for both Mentorship and Coaching together, not separately; we call it Mentorship Coaching – bringing life and business/career leadership aspects (top line) together in order to flow down effectively to the management aspects (bottom line). This is by far the most effective and successful practice.

Why Would A Mentor Be Valuable?

We will always have the bible and prayer but God also wants us to forge our own way and to take responsibility for ourselves in using what He has given us. He wants us to mature, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well, rather than remaining helpless and dependent on Him, like an infant. 

Our God-given potential is so rich and so vast, even in this fallen and sinful world, can any of say we have realised even a fraction of it? And in a world that is so sinful and in which we are so imperfect, isn’t it our responsibility therefore to do all we can to be the best possible version of ourselves?  

Having someone outside of our usual circles, who has taken the time to understand, develop and hone their own character and competence to guide us in our own journey of development is invaluable. Just like having a tutor in school or university, or in sports, that personal focused attention, assessment and support can make all the difference. Most crucially they can see the things in us that we are most blindsided from because they aren’t trapped in the same issues and limited perspectives as we have developed. They are an objective, caring, loving and supporting guide.

There are many things we all need to learn, practice and master in life which are essential for effective and righteous living but that we don’t learn in school and if we don’t learn them at home, from our parents, we may never learn them. Life skills are based on the foundation of a good and solid character. If we have a small and weak foundation (character) we are incredibly limited as to how much we can then develop our skills and abilities (competence) on top of this foundation.

It’s one thing to know and understand scripture, it’s a very different thing to actually apply and live it consistently and given we are all so broken, sinful and limited, we all need as much help as we can find. To avoid this reality is to be ‘ruggedly individual’ and to cut ourselves off from the value and benefits of learning to be interdependent with others. Interdependence is the true mark of maturity. 

What Can Mentoring Help Me With?

The list for answering this question is very long, but to keep it simple and start to give you an idea, you can consider the following..

Character 

  1. Self-Awareness & Understanding
  2. Confidence
  3. Responsibility
  4. Initiative
  5. Integrity

Competence 

  1. Leadership Skills (Self & Mutual)
  2. Personal Management Skills
  3. Discipline & Follow Through
  4. Relationship & Network Building 
  5. Career & Business Skills
Do You Have Any Accreditations?

Based in the UK there is no legal requirement for any formal accreditations in providing mentoring or coaching. Neither are we formally accredited or specially trained as counsellors, therapists or coaches.

Our training has been through real life mentoring and coaching experience at Lighthouse Global which has explored, tested and developed principle centred knowledge and practices for life and leadership based on what’s proven to be real and genuinely works without straying from God’s word. Our knowledge and experience has been hard won and earned through real life situations with real people, bible study & prayer.

We don’t pretend to be anything other than who we are – people who take their character and competence in life very seriously and who want to serve others at the highest level to help them get the most out of their God-given gifts. We simply want to pass on what we have learned and continue to learn where it is useful and helpful to others as we believe this is what God expects of us all.

Accreditations are reflections of someone’s skill and knowledge but they do not reflect an individual’s character, i.e. how much someone genuinely cares, the time and effort they will spend on helping you, the lengths they will go to, their level of empathy and ability to actively listen. These things are important to think about when getting the help we need, not just what letters appear behind a name.

What If I Want To Speak To A Licensed Professional?

What we help with isn’t for everyone and won’t suit everyone’s needs. We welcome you to come and talk to us if you are unsure, still deciding or have questions.

Mentors and life coaches are not licensed therapists or counsellors. If you want or need to speak/work with a licensed therapist or other accredited professional we will certainly support you in finding one that’s right for you (free of charge of course). 

What we offer is support and guidance through our lived experience and a broad emotional, mental and spiritual understanding of human beings gained from working on ourselves and with clients. We have learned what genuinely helps and works in line with Biblical principles, while continually refining our understanding what is optimal.

Our training has been through real life mentoring and coaching experience at Lighthouse Global which has explored, tested and developed principle centred knowledge and practices for life and leadership based on what’s proven to be real and genuinely works without straying from God’s word. Our knowledge and experience has been hard won and earned through real life situations with real people, bible study & prayer.

We don’t pretend to be anything other than who we are – people who take their character and competence in life very seriously and who want to serve others at the highest level to help them get the most out of their God-given gifts. We simply want to pass on what we have learned and continue to learn where it is useful and helpful to others as we believe this is what God expects of us all.

Accreditations are reflections of someone’s skill and knowledge but they do not reflect an individual’s character, i.e. how much someone genuinely cares, the time and effort they will spend on helping you, the lengths they will go to, their level of empathy and ability to actively listen. These things are important to think about when getting the help we need, not just what letters appear behind a name.

How Do I Apply For Mentorship?

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