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Mentoring and Coaching

Please help in getting started writing a paper about mentoring and/or coaching. It should include the following:

A detailed explanation of how mentoring and/or coaching influences the success of an employee.
An analysis of the importance of training and development on both workplace performance and work-life balance. Needed is a minimum of three sources and format paper using APA guidelines.

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Many organizations today are beginning to realize the importance of mentoring and coaching.
Though new or entry level positions may not require more than an appropriate college education or
a few year's experience, it is imperative to provide the best preparation for those employees who wish
to move up the corporate ladder, such as into a management or supervisor position. Training programs
are useful, but often they overlook the finer nuances of how a specific task is performed or how certain
processes are prioritized. Training programs can teach an employee how to complete certain tasks, but
not to necessarily about timing and time management.

Mentoring can prepare an employee for success as a manager, particularly when the mentor has
several years of experience in the organization, has acquired quite a bit of specialized industry
knowledge and has highly developed skills that an employee can emulate. Though mentoring programs
are not for every organization, they can be useful for two specific activities: skills development and
career development. Both activities can lead to a more qualified and competent employee, which is
of benefit to the organization. Each has its own importance in the development of new managers and
leaders within an organization.

Skills development is not something that a college graduate, even a very successful one, has had
time to develop. While training can address some of the specific behaviors or attitudes required for
skills development, it does not typically allow for an extended period of time, over which the employee
can practice and refine the required competencies. A mentor can work with an employee on a regular
basis, to help develop necessary skills. A mentoring program can help an employee "learn the ropes and
develop the insight, knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to be effective and 'fit' into their new
role (Watt, 2004). It is the constant exposure and opportunity for practice, over time, which allows an
employee to more fully develop necessary skills.

Within the boundaries of knowledge and behaviors are certain expectations, guidelines and
norms associated ...

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