FAQ

Sessions (virtual, telephone, or in-person if possible) can be priced as a package or by the hour. Normally the two parties will meet and see how they can fit, it’s not all about the know how it is equally important that the chemistry works. It’s about trust and integrity. An initial consultation will be c. €150p.h.

Yes, if you have the right mentor and a solid relationship of trust, individual and team results are indicative of successful outcomes.

Mentoring is more directional, offering guidance based on the experience and wisdom of the mentor.

Coaching is where the coach uses questioning and listening skills to help the person being coached, to find the solutions themselves and therefore less directional.

My approach is a blend of both mentoring and coaching, which has proven to be extremely beneficial for my clients.

Nobody’s time is free, neither yours nor the mentors. A professional Mentor has huge value and can help you extract value from your own ambitions and experience. Mentors give you the opportunity to draw on their hard-earned experience right away.

  • Focus on achieving learning goals. …
  • Expect to drive the mentoring relationship. …
  • Create SMART goals that will contribute to your development. …
  • Be authentic, open, and honest. …
  • Prepare for all mentoring meetings. …
  • Stay connected and in communication with your mentor. …
  • Be willing to stretch and step out of your comfort zone.

Mentoring sessions usually last for between one and two hours.

Some believe that the relationship should last no more than three to six months, others believe that mentoring is a long-term process where an individual is supported over a number of years to realise their true potential. Every case is unique depending on the needs of the client.

Far from it. Mentoring Business, whether formally and informally has been around as long as business, however the experience, the skills and access to Global information has accelerated the know-how and value of mentoring in Ireland.

The first step here is to identify those areas where your management team are not working effectively.  Do they work in silos, are they on a faster track than their peers, are they even aware of the issues?  By engaging a recognised leadership and management coach and mentor, who also is experienced in facilitating workshops and customised training programmes, you will be able to peel back the layers of confusion and mistrust among your management team to identify the real cause or causes and the resulting consequences of their actions. I have vast knowledge and experience in such work and has helped numerous organisations revisit their corporate culture with a heavy emphasis on transforming their management team in terms of their abilities, skills and competencies in terms of leading their people to achieve business results.

The important thing to realise is you are not alone!  This feeling or sense of emptiness can apply in your personal life and/or also in your professional life.  The key is to distinguish where this feeling applies and to absolutely know that there is ‘nothing wrong with you!’  Take time to step back and try to understand what is causing you to think and feel this way.  This is not always easy to do on your own as your view will be very subjective.  Invest in yourself by engaging a trusted mentor or coach who can objectively guide you through this process of discovery.  I have a depth of experience helping individuals work through this process and provides them with tools and techniques to help confirm to themselves that they are more than the emptiness they feel.  Ultimately I help individuals develop a roadmap to their best life and supports them in achieving it.

Your job application, coupled with your covering letter or email to HR is your chance to make a great first impression in terms of the position or job you are applying for.  Beware the ‘cut and paste’ from previous applications or from your CV etc. You need to make your application about you and your achievements, skills and expertise which you bring to the job.  It’s very beneficial to complete your application and then to have a trusted mentor review it for you.  They will see areas which need to be strengthened, shortened, made more relevant etc. and will advise you on how to improve your application.  This will then determine if and when you are shortlisted for your interview.  Interview preparation is more than just going over your CV, your application and the job description or role profile.  It is about aligning your experience and skills to the tasks outlined, and also about how you would approach them should you be successful.  Your communication skills are crucial in your interview and how you answer all questions.  For sure there will be ‘curve-ball’ questions and a trusted experienced mentor and coach will take you through these and guide you in how best you can answer them.  In my work in interview preparation, I have helped many individuals not only understand their worth, but also how to communicate it with impact.

You need someone who is experienced in this as it is generally a three-step process.  Step one is to meet with you to understand what you expect from the brainstorming session in terms of your overall business strategy, who will attend and if there are any specific challenges which could be experienced.  Secondly it is to facilitate the brainstorming session objectively, allowing participants to express themselves while keeping the overall objectives in mind.  Finally, a report on the findings and recommendations needs to be developed.  Look for someone with workshop facilitation experience and skill, with a proven track record and don’t be afraid to ask them about their recent successes. Validate their ability before you make a choice.  I have vast experience internationally, and at every level of facilitating brainstorming sessions with very successful outcomes for her clients.  Call me today to discuss your needs.

Look for someone experienced in providing blended coaching and mentoring to leadership teams.  This is a proven effective process and experienced coaches and mentors, and trainers in leadership, especially transformation leadership are better equipped to meet your needs.  I have years of experience training and mentoring international leadership and executive teams worldwide.

Experienced and trusted coaches and mentors, with a proven track record are best placed to support you in incorporating coaching as a management skill in your organisation.  I have worked with international management, leadership and executive teams in developing their skills and in becoming workplace coaches.  I have also facilitated in-house workshops on how to incorporate coaching as a key management skill and process into large corporations.  Speak to me today to see how I can facilitate you.

Good mentors are enthusiastic people, enjoying the role they play in helping others achieve their goals. When considering a mentor, look for someone who is enthusiastic, a good fit, respectful of others and a respected expert in their field.

Yes, I take very much a holistic view when I work with somebody.  If the individual wants to expand more into either area, I will support them with that fully.

People often search for example ‘mentors career cork’ or ‘Career Coaching Dublin’, but they may be limiting their options significantly. There are brilliant coaches through Ireland and in the current environment many interactions are over Video calls and I support clients across the globe remotely. Initially it is not as natural as face to face but after 5 or 10 minutes, the borders and boundaries fall away, and it feels like a face to face meeting.

Other who may need a more globally exposed Coach or Mentor may search google for international business mentors or global business mentors and after 30 years working 30 countries I can usually assist and satisfy their need.

A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

A formal mentoring program is a structured, often one-to-one relationship in a work, organisation, or academic setting. A well-functioning mentoring program requires strategic planning and organization to connect people, increase knowledge and build skills for future goals and milestones.

  • Relevant Expertise or Knowledge. …
  • Enthusiasm for Sharing That Expertise. …
  • A Respectful Attitude. …
  • Eagerness to Invest in Others. …
  • The Ability to Give Honest and Direct Feedback. …
  • Reflective Listening and Empathy.

To get the most out of a mentoring relationship, a mentee should know what they would like to achieve and communicate this with their mentor. Together, the mentor and mentee can then track the mentee’s progress. They can learn from their mentor’s experience and knowledge and improve their own business skills.

Any help you can get – take it. Mentoring is available and supported by Local Enterprise offices, but the same rules apply, you need the right person, with the right experience and immediate trust and connection. Ideally starting a mentoring relationship should be more than one or two interactions as it doesn’t give the relationship time to develop or indeed see a plan through, so please do consider a longer term relationship where the value will grow and you won’t need to re-explain yourself to each new Business Mentor, Business Adviser or Business Consultant.

Yes, Bill Gates, who revolutionised the personal computer and is still the richest man in the world, recently celebrated 25 years of friendship with his friend and mentor, Warren Buffett.

There are many online tutorials and career coaching Ireland courses, but this is a very individual journey and you are best advised to speak with somebody like me for an initial chat and a point in the right direction.

You will find that the National Network of Local Enterprise offices, often referred to as LEO or LEOs, will be very helpful and can arrange support and education from Starting your own business programmes to Grant funding. LEO mentoring subsidy is also available. In my area, the LEO in Wicklow and the LEO in Wexford are super helpful. https://www.localenterprise.ie/

Beyond word of mouth, a simple Google search for Mentor Wicklow or Mentor Wexford will offer many choices similarly if you need a coach just google search Coach Wicklow or Coach Wexford.

You have found one in me, but if you want to look further it is so important that you look to find the right. Ideally find somebody with no ego, great empathy, a listener and not a talker, someone who will ask you questions to help you find your own clarity, the process is not a silver bullet it is a facilitated process on a journey to clarity and action. You must trust the coach totally. Ideally somebody who has seen and done a lot, so their wisdom is earned, and therefore of real value.

I have helped many businesses pull together the requires inputs for grant applications in a very fast and efficient manner and happy to help you too. Just call or Email me and we can discuss.

Many people search the likes of Mentors.ie, mentoring in Ireland, Mentor vs Coach, and find that many mentors are about corporate level executive mentoring. Sometimes people are put off and think it will be unaffordable. While I also work with ‘Captains of industry’, I also work with Small businesses, Sole Traders, Young people in early career planning and more seasoned people looking for change. The important thing you need to review when considering a Mentor are their Testimonials. The Testimonial should give a good idea about style and empathy.

Most certainly there is a huge interest in Interview skills. This suggests that people not only want the help but need it. This is something I have been helping clients with for many years and have assisted so many ‘land’ the jobs they really want. I can also say that I have also helped people understand the job they do not want. Both are of huge benefit to my clients.

This is often used as a general question when people that would like some help with help in business generally but more often the direction of their business or business Mentorship while others seek out ‘business consultants Ireland’, ‘business coaching Ireland’, ‘business coach Ireland’ or just a more generic ‘mentor Ireland’ etc.

I tend to find that People need and want a blend of coaching and mentoring, the Business is the people.

What happens is that a Coach or Mentor will help the individuals clarify what they want for themselves and for the business and then facilitates the options for making it happen sometimes directing and sometimes coaching and this is what we mean by blended.

Sometimes business search the Internet looking for this solution but limit themselves with Terms like business mentors Ireland, business mentoring Ireland, business mentor Ireland as generally the really good mentor doesn’t just limit their services to Business mentoring, they are often a strategist, a facilitator, a trainer, A mindset Coach, a motivator. Some Mentors define themselves are business advisor.

Referrals are important, ask your peers to refer you to their Advisor, Mentor or Coach, if you can, seek out testimonials, as previous client experience. Then look for a chat with your short list Mentor and Coach and see if you hit it off.

Some questions I am often asked and here are the supporting links to information on each.

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