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Business Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies by Steve Crabb, Marie Taylor

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Chapter 1

Navigating the World of Coaching and Mentoring

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding why business needs coaches and mentors

arrow Distinguishing coaching from mentoring

arrow Knowing how to develop as a business coach or mentor

arrow Looking at professional requirements

Business is about people and organisations are complex systems and they’re co-dependent. We need to move fast to deliver effectively and efficiently. Our digital world is connected in real time 24 hours a day. This reality takes its toll on the capacity of business leaders’ ability to think and reflect. When human beings don’t take the time to think things through, we make poor decisions, become less effective and can become lousy managers. We can lose perspective on what’s important in our personal lives too. We start communicating with colleagues, family, friends and associates like we’re speed dating, taking just long enough to get the bite-size essentials to filter for yes or no. Constantly matching our relationships to the speed at which we receive information and are expected to respond isn’t sustainable. We’re a social species ...

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