In these times of widespread transformations, Ambits is all about successful transformation. Transformation that is genuinely adopted by people on the floor.
Transformation in a dynamic business environment demands a lot from middle managers. When they do not immediately perform as expected because the stretch is too big, middle managers are often criticized and blamed, creating fear, doubt and self-criticism.
For middle managers, the personal development of their employees may not always be the highest priority because of time pressures, constant short-term firefighting or lack of skills. On top of this, managers are often centered on performance evaluations, which reduces the openness of team members towards their manager.
Business Mentoring is designed to support both C-level managers and middle managers under pressure. Mentoring generally fosters a longer lasting relationship between mentor and mentee, and focuses on longer-term development of both the business and the people leading it. A mentor has been defined as: “a more experienced individual willing to share their knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust.”
Effective transformation of a business requires the transformation of the business leaders and the reigning culture at the different levels in the organization. Therefore, Business Mentoring envisions the transformation of leadership.
An approach based on systems thinking may be needed to address and solve issues at all three levels, that simultaneously reinforce each other.
You might consider the organization as an eco-system in which air, water, plants and animals work together to survive or perish.
It just doesn’t help to take care of one element in the system.
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