As a seasoned business professional, you’ve probably been on both sides of the equation when it comes to giving and getting help. Get advice, give consultation. Gain a mentor, bestow some wisdom. While in these essential moments, we want to help and be helped, that doesn’t always happen.
It helps to know there are differences in the types of support we can give and get — and what they are.
In this episode, Allison Iantosca will discuss those distinctions with Victoria and Mark, and how stopping and thinking about how you ask for or give help will make the results more useful and valuable.
Allison is the president and owner of F.H. Perry Builder, a Boston-area custom remodeling firm focused on building homes and relationships of lasting value.
Though there are nuanced distinctions, coaching, consulting, and mentoring are not the same thing, says Allison. Knowing the differences will make the help given or gotten more relevant and valuable. Figuring it out includes knowing what you want to offer or receive in that moment, including:
- Who needs what, and when
- Concentrating on process in coaching
- Consulting and advising on outcomes
- Using experience in mentoring for a shared outcome
- Coaching your staff
- How to know what help to ask for
- The time periods needed for each
- Asking the right questions to spur the right answers
- And more …
One of the best ways to differentiate between the three main types of help you can give or get is to determine the goal, and what choices need to be made to get there.
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