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Coaching and Mentoring - How Do You See Yourself?

I see myself as planting seeds of knowledge, with the hope that they are falling on good, fertile ground, and if nurtured in the right way, we all get a big harvest.

When I was younger, I did not see myself as a leader. I saw myself as a good worker and my thought process was “Teach me what to do and I will do it to the best of my ability”.

The last thing I wanted was to be responsible for telling people what to do because if things went south, I could not be blamed. “Not my problem!”

However, different employers kept sending me on Leadership and Management Courses because they recognised my potential - even if I did not see it myself.

With age, I became more confident in my abilities. I began to see my areas of strength instead of focusing on my foibles. How did this happen? I had a mentor. It was a colleague who became a dear friend. She would often say “…if I had your skills and your brains, I would be a rich woman.” I would laugh it off at first but after a while I began to listen. She helped me see that I was capable of so much more. It was time to get out of my comfort zone and my mentor made me question why I was happy to stay there.

Through a mutual acquaintance, I met Dr Myles Munroe. An internationally renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant and leadership mentor. My friend kept saying “You need to meet this man.” And when I did, his first words were, “It’s about time we met!” Indeed, it was. He was a charismatic teacher and a great leader. When he spoke, you listened. He made me reflect on what my purpose was. A cathartic period in my life. It was a sad day when he, his wife Ruth and 8 others perished in a plane crash in November 2014. His legacy lives on in all the people he touched through his work. That resonated with me.

What am I going to leave behind when I am gone?

Who knew that I would end up coaching and mentoring people for a living at IRSMarketing.

Coaching is more task driven. I am not there to “spoon-feed” our staff by doing their job for them, but I ask questions to get them to understand what needs to be done and how to do it well. Mentoring is based on the relationship you have with that person. You want that person to envision their potential and guide them to a place where they believe it is tangible and they can accomplish great things.

I use this as my approach when training all our team members at IRSMarketing. I see myself as planting seeds of knowledge, with the hope that they are falling on good, fertile ground, and if nurtured in the right way, we all get a big harvest.

Samantha Pullen

Training Manager, IRSMarketing

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