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Mice Net : October 2008
issue no. 55 October 2008 from the ceo – the value of mentoring Linda P Gaunt Chief exeCutive OffiCer So often over the past three years I have been asked what the difference is between “coaching” and “mentoring” and if in fact there is a difference. They are defined by The Australian Institute of Company Directors as follows: MenTorIng offerS: guidance and direction from an experienced person such that the individual is challenged to explore and integrate new perspectives. Mentoring is aimed at the individual achieving their full potential in their career and includes guidance and advice on specific business challenges, including strategy and policy. Ideally, your mentor should have broad useful experience and the ability to share that with you at a practical and pragmatic level that is goal-directed and which you can adapt and apply to your own strategic business success. CoAChIng offerS: Working with people to enhance their leadership effectiveness, performance and career progression within a specific organisational context. This may include development and integration of mindsets and behaviours as well as a focus on specific requirements needed for the application of capability. Ideally, the coach brings not only an enhanced range of skill-sets that can be tapped but more importantly aims to transform the mindset with new perspectives. mea memBer mentoring Program off anD running ABOVE: Pictured from left to right: Linda Gaunt - MEA, Robin Williams - Coast Restaurant & Joyce DiMascio - Head of Business Events Australia; mentors & mentees networking. Photos courtesy of EventPix. The MeA/BeA Mentor Program was launched at Coast restaurant on the evening of Monday September 1, with thanks to robin Williams who sponsored our evening event with use of the venue, drinks and canapes. The program is a joint venture between Meetings & events Australia and Business events Australia a division of Tourism Australia. our thanks go to Joyce DiMascio, head of Business events Australia, who spoke on the night to the participants of the program and encouraged them on their mentoring journey. We have had the pleasure of accepting 12 mentors and 12 mentees in total. Mentoring is an excellent way of ensuring that up and coming business events professionals develop the right skills to improve the industry standards and competitiveness. The MeA/BeA Mentor Program offers mentees a great opportunity to talk through the issues they may be facing in their work life and to explore the options available to them in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. They can listen to the experiences of the mentors and determine the right way for them to overcome obstacles in their day-to-day roles and in their career development. The value of the program lies in the fact that it is industry-based. Pairing mentees with mentors from different organisations provides an enhanced learning environment. opportunities are also provided for participants to meet each other and discuss the issues and challenges they face. This is done through group meetings or site visits. Mentors attended a half day training program developed and facilitated by MeA’s national Training & Accreditation Manager, gaille Barr. Mentor training is free to participating mentors who volunteer their time and expertise – giving back to the business events industry by assisting less senior business events professionals. 132 mice.net