Leadership journeys for a better world

Leadership journeys for a better world

Through business mentoring, we help your managers progress as leaders and people managers. We offer a system of structured guidance by mentors who share their knowledge, skills, experience, and wisdom

Mentoring is very different from coaching. Read here how we distinguish.

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • not or inadequately trained in this role

    and

    • lack self-confidence
    • don’t know how to go from being a colleague to being a boss
    • need to loosen up on the command & control leadership style
    • must let go of the (technical) expert status
    • cannot give or accept constructive feedback
    • feel pressure to perform as manager
    • have difficulty building relationships
    • want to be liked by everyone or want to be the ‘bad boss’
    • play the hero
  • are struggling

    and

    • stay too involved in operations
    • have trouble prioritizing
    • cannot delegate
    • fear conflict situations
    • disconnect from the team
    • deal with flawed strategic thinking
    • do not relate to higher management
    • lack clear communication skills
    • remain not self-aware
    • avoid difficult conversations
    • miss political antennas
    • ...
  • capable of more

    and

    • need mental preparation as successor
    • need to be able to lead big changes ahead
    • need to learn to be emotionally resilient and in control
    • need to learn to make big decisions fast without all the information
    • must become persuasive presenters
    • need to learn how to cultivate their own personal brand
    • need to learn how to lead by example
    • manage by trust, not by fear
    • need to overly develop empathy
    • ...
  • Mentee benefits

    • Maximized individual’s potential
    • Increased self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem
    • Decreased stress and anxiety
    • Improved performance and productivity
    • Improved knowledge and skills
    • Affluence with giving and receiving feedback in a productive way
    • More empowered to make decisions
    • Greater well-being
    • Stimulated outside-the-box thinking
    • Greater awareness of other approaches to work
    • Exposure to new ideas
    • Gaining a broader view of a sector and potential collaborators
    • Increased visibility and recognition within the organization.
  • Organisation benefits

    • Leadership development (obviously)
    • Increased retention, motivation, and employee engagement
    • Improved relationships
    • Successful career progression
    • Smart succession planning
    • Demonstrates visible commitment to staff development and continuous learning
    • Influx of tacit knowledge, people and team management skills, and knowledge productivity
    • Bridging the gap with senior management
    • Builds diversity
    • Reduced costs by retaining employees
    • Improves talent acquisition efforts
    • Fosters an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative environment
    • Achievement of company goals and objectives.

A productive mentoring relationship is supported by four pillars: trust, confidentiality, communication & courage

Gerrit Sarens, CEO & Oprichter van Ambits
  • “When I was 18, I always thought I would run out of questions at 40. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have more questions now than ever before. Thanks to mentoring, however, this causes me much less stress. Thanks to the advice of mentor Bart Gardeyn, I dare to use my rights more than before and tackle difficult things instead of avoiding them.“

    • Mike
    • Founder
  • “My mentor brought structure and coat hooks and, most importantly, gave me back my self-confidence. I also learned how to use my strengths even more. In addition, thanks to the mentoring, I also learned to understand the dynamics of the corporate system around me and to accept what I did and did not have control over.“

    • Mireille
  • “My mentor gave me tools to learn to look at the broader picture, name difficult issues, start a conversation about them, and let go of things you can't control. My mentor was very approachable. It never felt forced.“

    • Petra
  • “It's great to have a mentor, but it's you who has to change“

    • Dieter
    • Founder and managing partner
  • “People I struggled with saw that I acted with more confidence“

    • Ann
    • IT Director
  • “Experience is the best school, but also where you take the most bruises“

    • Jürgen
    • CEO
  • “What happened is logic. I tried to develop a great technical expert into a leader. Mentoring helped him to understand what he needed to develop to get there, and he felt better continuing on an expert path.“

    • Philippe
    • CEO
  • “My mentoring project via Ambits was a great experience. It was a project that gave me insights into several parts of my job and personality. A well-experienced mentor guided me to reach the goals we defined together. My mentor, as an ‘outsider,’ was able to help me cope with the issues I ran into within my organization. The actions were defined on both a personal and professional level. We had regular follow-up meetings, both remote and in person. My mentor was a skilled and really enjoyable person. I was always looking forward to our interactions, and I appreciated the time and effort he took to help me.“

    • Bart
    • Service Delivery Manager
  • “I did this mentorship during a very challenging period in my job and in a changing company, which was hard and caused a lot of setbacks. Jan supported me a lot during this period with sincere kindness and challenged me to start thinking differently, in which he succeeded. I feel I have grown a lot because of his expertise and way of conduct.“

    • Sally
    • EMEA manager
  • “Ik heb deze mentoring gedaan in een zeer uitdagende periode in mijn werk en in een sterk veranderend bedrijf, wat zwaar was en veel tegenslagen veroorzaakte. Mentor Jan heeft me in deze periode veel gesteund met oprechte vriendelijkheid en me uitgedaagd om anders te gaan denken, waarin hij is geslaagd. Ik ben persoonlijk erg gegroeid door zijn expertise en manier van werken.“

    • Sally
    • EMEA manager

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