E263 - Mentoring in charity with Manjeet Pabla
“…I think if we are looking to build our teams it’s all about retention, how do we keep our employees happy, thriving and being passionate about the cause they work for, and I think mentoring would excel that…” - Manjeet Pabla
In this episode we speak with Manjeet Pabla, fundraiser, coach, consultant and mentor at Lumos Consulting. We speak about mentoring and how it can help senior leaders but also managers and teams of staff throughout charities. We also touch on how mentoring could have helped us in hindsight to have dealt with challenges in the past.
Difficult conversations by their very nature are difficult. It’s in the name. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t have guidance in how we approach them. Mentoring can help with this, and whether it’s thinking about the best approach to managing up, down, or sideways, a mentor can help us to sense check our approach before we jump in.
Mentoring can help all of us become better, more authentic, compassionate, empathetic leaders. Perhaps it’s the safe, non-judgemental space that a mentor helps to create, which can help us move beyond fear to a state of professional enlightenment.
By understanding ourselves, overcoming our fears, and finding space to reflect, digest and move forward in our thinking, we can improve as a manager, a colleague, and a collaborator to those around us.
2. Active listening skills
Something we can all do and get better at is actively listening to our colleagues as a way of mentoring them. Creating a safe space, asking questions without judgement, being open to those who are speaking to us and reflecting on what they say, is a way of empowering those around us and sharing power. A surefire way to improving culture, wellbeing and the impact of our work on us and those around us.
3. Find out more
This episode of Charity Chat has been brought to you by our platinum sponsor Work for Good. Work for Good believes everyone should be able to turn the work they do into good. Through their fundraising platform, they offer charities a way to engage and work with small businesses, including founders, owners and sole traders who want to make an impact for charities through their sales. To find out more, please visit workforgood.co.uk.
We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
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