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Why JCI Manchester’s mentoring programme will help make you a better manager…

Posted: September 6, 2017 12:59 by Simon Anderson

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JCI Manchester as an organisation has always been about personal development and career progression. Not to be overlooked however is another of it’s core activities which is creating positive change. It is for this reason that we are partnering with Uprising and the ONE MILLION MENTORS programme to give our network the opportunity to take part in this programme. So why do JCI Manchester believe that mentoring will make you a better manager.

There are many things that contribute to you being a better manager, namely: Understanding team dynamics and encouraging good relationships, Selecting and developing the right people, delegating effectively, motivating people, managing discipline and dealing with conflict, communicating well, planning, making decisions and problem solving.

It is our belief that mentoring gives you the perfect opportunity to practice at least some of these skills ready for when you take on a more managerial role at some point in the future or to enhance your skills in a management position that you may currently be in.

“Management is about enthusing and motivating people…extremely similar to managing individuals in the work place…”

At its very heart, management is about enthusing and motivating people to complete certain tasks either by themselves or as part of a team. It is about recognising a person’s strengths and giving them opportunity to utilise those effectively, and addressing their weaknesses by giving them opportunities to strengthen them. This is no different to mentoring. When mentoring you have almost a complete stranger in front of you who you have to get to know and form a trusting relationship with. From here you give them best advise that helps them further develop from the point they are now. This is extremely similar to managing individuals in the work place.

“…this all comes from getting to know individuals…mentoring provides the perfect scenario to practice these skills”

If you can effectively motivate people, your job as a manager will be made a lot easier. This all comes from getting to know individuals and what makes them tick. Mentoring provides the perfect scenario to practice these skills.

“…Mentoring is another way to help develop these all important people to people skills that will make you a better manager…”

The golden thread through all this comes from how effectively you can communicate. Communication is a skill and best developed through practice in different environments. You will come across a number of different personalities in your life – the more personalities of differing kinds you come across the better equipped you are to deal with these personalities in the workplace an doing so you develop your own unique style of communicating when in the management environment. You will learn what approaches work with different people and more to the point, what doesn’t work so you don’t end up using it again Mentoring is yet another way to help develop these all important people to people skills that will make you a better manager.   

“…Mentoring teaches you not to focus solely on yourself…”

As well as this, mentoring teaches you to not focus solely on yourself! Which is another skill that can be very useful to the manager. We’ve all been in that situation where someone is just using us to get up the next step in the ladder. It’s not a nice feeling and it doesn’t motivate us to work for that person in the slightest. Mentoring can teach you to put others first and in doing so you can have a real positive impact on a young person’s life possibly changing it for the better! There’s not many feelings like that.

So please do consider joining us as part of our joint programme with Uprising by coming along to our breakfast event on the 20th September 8-10am at BPP University on Oxford Road. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON

 

JCI Manchester Team…

Posted: September 6, 2017 12:59 by Simon Anderson with .

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