Coaching and mentoring are powerful processes that help individuals and organisations to maximise their potential. LSIS provides a range of programmes, services, and resources to support individuals and organisations in the sector in getting the best out of coaching and mentoring.
At LSIS we are passionate about using coaching to make a difference for staff in the sector and their learners. Our knowledge and experience of the further education and skills sector landscape and the unique challenges you face, combined with our expertise in leadership development informs our personalised approach. Coaching isn’t for everyone, but it is a very powerful and tailored intervention which fits within your timescale and works towards your agenda. Breakthroughs take place quickly and often you begin to use the valuable skills learnt from your coach in your relationships at work.
So, what is coaching?
Coaches don’t have to be experts in the field of work of the person being coached. They are skilled facilitators. In their hands coaching is:
- a catalyst that enables individuals, teams and organisations to reach their potential;
- focussed on the person being coached rather than the task to be accomplished; and
- a transformational process.
...coaching is a way of working with people that leaves them more competent and more fulfilled so that they are more able to contribute to their organisations and find meaning in what they are doing"
Coaching: evoking excellence in others, James Flaherty, Butterworth-Heinmann 2005
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is carried out by someone who offers support based on work experience and knowledge, acting as a trusted advisor and guide. Mentors give advice on how to perform a task. They offer knowledge and wisdom that is particularly useful to the person.
...mentoring involves primarily listening with empathy, sharing experiences (usually mutually), professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board"
Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring,Clutterbuck and Megginson, Butterworth-Heinmann, 2004.
Explore the site
To learn more about what we provide visit the sections below and explore the coaching and mentoring support available from LSIS.
Programmes and services: LSIS provides a range of programmes and services for individuals, teams and whole organisations to help them get the most out of coaching and mentoring.
Resources and useful information: We have recommended reading lists, information on coaching bodies, guides and links to useful websites.
Research and case studies: Research into the impact of coaching and mentoring on individuals and organisations has been carried out by LSIS and other leading educational bodies. We also have a variety of case studies on how sector organisations have successfully used these techniques in their development.
Regional networks: Practical, regionally based half-day workshops and networking events hosted by providers in the sector to develop skills and knowledge of coaching and mentoring.