The greatest pitfall for a Coach or Mentor
How to get noticed
Picture this: the teacher asks a question to a group of school children. One of the students blurts out the answer immediately. “Good. Very good” acknowledges the teacher.
The student learned an important lesson. To get recognized, you need to jump in, be the first, seize the opportunity … as quick as light. Over the next few years, this lesson would be reinforced time and again; in the playground, during cultural events, in the college canteen.
This Me-First, I-Know-IT attitude may be helpful in some situations or for some roles. For a coach or mentor, however, it will be a liability.
Despite the difference between the two roles, both demand some self-restraint. You need to give space to the Coachee or Mentee, to let her discover things. Dishing out solutions robs them of the chance to explore, to deep dive, to reflect.