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Mentoring is a confidential, one-to-one, relationship between two people, in which an individual uses a more experienced, usually more senior, person as a sounding board and for guidance ….. a protected non-judgmental relationship, which facilitates a wide range of learning, experimentation and development.”

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What is Strengths Mentoring?

Strengths Mentoring is a cutting edge approach to mentoring that creates energy, improves morale, transforms working relationships and builds on successes and best practice.

  • Strengths based rather than deficit based
  • Identifies, builds and leverages people’s strength, focusing on possibilities rather than obstacles
  • Reflects on individuals’ successes and develops a way forward that energises and motivates
  • Creates and sustain positive change in individuals, teams, communities and organisations

People who use their strengths at work every day are six times more engaged in their jobs and three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

Top performers use their strengths over 75% of their time. Research from Gallup indicates that only 20% of employees claim to be able to use their strengths every day.

A strength is an activity that energises us,” says MacIndoe, “something for which we have a natural talent. Real strengths provide a sense of being in the flow. By developing those natural strengths, whilst managing, not focusing, on weaknesses, the greatest benefits can be achieved.”

Whilst at Aviva Gail designed, facilitated and managed Aviva’s Mentoring Partnership and helped launch Aviva’s Women’s Network. Strength-focused coaching was developed within the company to support its talent management approach.

“Tangible business benefits were achieved by the strengths programme there,” said MacIndoe, “one individual alone actually made cost savings of £100,000. Another created £500,000 in additional revenue.”

The success of MacIndoe’s strengths mentoring and coaching was profiled in Coaching at Work magazine.

MacIndoe maintains everyone needs a mentor at some stage, “To take time out and think with someone challenging you, offering different perspectives.”

She encourages her mentees to look at their values, to understand what drives them, what makes them tick.

“A mentor is a sounding board, an experienced person with whom you can share wisdom, helping you make choices you may not have been aware of, and avoiding pitfalls. It’s about holding honest conversations about what really matters, in a safe environment”.

“When my mentees have dug down deep, and found something within themselves that they’re good at, that they didn’t know exist, then learning how to capitalise on what they’re good at, that’s what makes me happy.”