The impact of being mentored and mentoring

The impact of being mentored and mentoring

24 September 2020
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • Business Mentor Ronald Hermans shares his personal experience on having a mentor throughout his career and being a Business Mentor himself today.

    You will learn what defines and drives him as a person, what career steps he went through, and what experiences he had. You will learn how Ronald, as a digital change facilitator, constantly looks for new, unfamiliar environments to immerse himself in.

    Together we will discuss the impact of Business Mentoring and illustrate exactly how, where and why having a Business Mentor turned out to be crucial at key moments in his career.

    Finally, Ronald shares with us why he strongly believes in mentoring and what fulfilling this role exactly means to him personally.

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  • Ronald Hermans and Thomas Deschepper from Granularity at The Beacon. Ronald Hermans and Thomas Deschepper from Granularity at The Beacon.

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • not or inadequately trained in this role


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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
    • ...
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