Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI)

Mentoring Techniques

Enhance Your Value with Effective Business Mentoring Techniques

Are you searching for mentoring techniques to enhance your value to a family business client? David Megginson and David Clutterbuck, authors of Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring, open their book with the question, What do you need in order to become a good coach or mentor: a life; a position; a qualification; a way of going on; techniques? Ironically, they answer, "We think that the least important of these resources for a coach or mentor is techniques."

Placing the emphasis on all factors in combination, they go on to discuss more than a dozen training- and education-based mentoring techniques. The essence of the activities/strategies necessary for effective mentoring includes:

  • Relationship building - effectively defining and understanding the parameters of the relationship (including the inevitable end of the mentor relationship)
  • Outlining goals - what you hope to accomplish in mentoring sessions
  • Effective communication - the ability to bring clarity to situations
  • Skill and strength assessment and awareness
  • Helping your protege look at situations from other perspectives
  • Tools and strategies for overcoming obstacles
  • Encouraging creativity and networking
  • Fostering decision-making skills, among others

Family Business Mentoring Programs from ABFI

Family business mentoring programs based on a positive relationship of collaborative sharing and learning can result in tremendous personal and professional growth. Within the complex institution of a family enterprise, it can even mean the difference between succession/continuation of the business and corporate failure.

Learn effective mentoring techniques with information, training and resources available at the Alberta Business Family Institute. Explore the opportunities that await you contact us with your questions.