EXECUTIVE MENTORING & COACHING

Grey Hair Consulting offers team and individual mentoring and coaching. While often used and referred to interchangeably, there are important differences between Coaching and Mentoring. The two definitions below might better position these differences -

  • Executive Coaching : Working with Executives to enhance their leadership effectiveness, performance and career or personal progression within a specific context. This may include development and integration of specific mind-sets and behaviours as well as a focus on identified requirements needed for the application of capability. Ideally, the coach brings not only an enhanced range of skill-sets that can be tapped but more importantly aims to transform the mind-set with new issue-specific perspectives. It is more instructional in focus.
  • Business Mentoring for Executives : Guidance and direction from an experienced person such that the individual is challenged to explore and integrate new perspectives. Mentoring is aimed at the individual achieving their full potential in their career or life situation, and includes guidance and advice on specific business and personal challenges. Ideally, the mentor should have broad useful experience and the ability to share that with you at a practical and pragmatic level that is goal-directed and which you can adapt and apply to your own strategic business or personal success. It is more "shared experience" in focus.

However, mentoring and coaching do appropriately overlap in the following areas to achieve the desired outcome sought by enterprises and the needs of the business:

  • both require trust and commitment in the process and substantial interpersonal skills from coach and mentor
  • both aim for the individual to increase his or her effectiveness and apply it to the tasks at hand in a positive manner
  • both encourage stretch and provide support and challenge in pursuit of this
  • both focus on learning and development – sometimes defined as nominating coaching from a skill-base, and mentoring from an experience-base
  • both can include career guidance to review career goals and capabilities
  • both involve an exchange of life and career experiences
  • both are collaborative alliances between client and mentor or coach

Grey Hair Consulting brings years of experience in growing and developing people to achieve better life and work outcomes. We have nurtured, mentored and coached some of the leading talent in South Africa. Through various senior Executive positions held, and practical experience in motivating individuals and teams to better performance, grey hair consulting is well placed to enhance and address any business and/or personal issues one may have. Through adopting a clear process starting with an intake session(s), and moving on to exploring possibilities, and finally developing an agreed action plan that is then implemented and tracked to provide visible progress and growth indicators at individual and team levels, the desired growth and development is achieved.

Interim Executives or Directorships: We provide highly experienced executive-level consultants on an interim basis to ensure the relevant business function continues uninterrupted.

Board Representation Capability: Many of our associates are on, or have functioned in a board capacity for many years.