Who do you talk to?

Yemm, Graham
March 2005
Management Services;Spring2005, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p20
Academic Journal
This article deals with the challenges facing leaders in a business. Many leaders are so busy dealing with the running of the operation, they rarely take time to think about various strategic, tactical and people issues in a more detached way. This is often compounded by a sense of isolation, brought about by their position too. This inability to spend time or the right amount of time, on these vital areas carries risks. Disasters can be prevented with the right degree of warning or the right type of support. Many people running part of an organization are too close to it. They do not have time to work out what they are doing well and to arrange to do more of these things. When things may not be going the right way, they do not consider things objectively. The pressures build and it seems even harder to share concerns with a third party. Typically, a mentor is someone who has relevant experience and expertise to share with leaders, though they do not necessarily give specific advice. There are many mentoring options available through professional bodies or on a local level. Coaches will work differently to mentors in that they rarely offer advice. A good coach will support and challenge leaders on their issues and help them to focus on what they want to achieve.


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