Technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Many newcomers to the industry may find it challenging to keep up with the tech trends. However, having a tech expert by their side to help them adapt can make a significant difference in their career success. In this article at InfoQ, Damon Poole explains how coaching can be incorporated into management and technical leadership roles.
What Is a Technical Mentorship?
According to the International Coaching Federation, coaching is considered “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Unlike career development mentors, technical mentors focus on enhancing employees’ technical expertise. They help professionals expand their technical knowledge by:
Enabling them to solve problems and make decisionsExplaining the thought process that they use when resolving technical issuesConducting walkthroughs of items such as application code or technical instructionsInviting them to meetings with clients to understand how the clients need to fit into technical projects
As a leader, in what other ways can you include mentorship in your roles?
Let Others Lead the Conversation
Some of the crucial coaching components include letting team members lead the conversation and make all the choices. Asking open-ended questions helps them improve their thought process. For instance, you can ask your team members:
“What solutions are you considering for this technical issue?”
“Which stage of the thought process are you getting stuck at?”
“If you have gone through a similar situation in the past, what knowledge would you apply here?”
Ask Questions that Encourage and Inspire
Coaching also involves asking questions. However, ensure that your questions help others discover solutions and opportunities for growth. Here are some examples:
“What paths do you see to reach your goals?”
“How would you summarize this issue?”
“What obstacles are keeping you from reaching your goals?”
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