How long have you been mentoring individuals and organizations?
The senior coach of Carson Pue Associates is, of course, Carson. He has been mentoring leaders for over 30 years, but it was 23 years ago that he made this calling his career. In 2005 he put his philosophy and approach to mentoring in his best-selling book, Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Calling, Character and Competency. He literally wrote the book on mentoring and, in 2015, created Quadrant Leadership Inc. as a platform for mentoring, speaking and writing. In 2021 he started Carson Pue and Associates so that he could work with a team and service more leaders. Our team accumulates over 150 years of experience, which means wisdom!
Do you work with any mentoring or coaching clients?
No, we don’t. The client and the mentor have to be a good match for this to be effective and worth the expense. From your application and our interview, we will know if we feel we can be of service to you. We also work with Christian leaders, where our expertise lies, and some organizations we work with may employ staff that do not hold to the Christian faith. Our sweet spot is when we can work with the CEO, Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team at the same time because “The problem is never the problem,” as Carson says.
What kinds of things can our team members work on with you as a leader?
Purpose & Personality Issues
Purpose & Personality Issues
How is coaching different from counselling?
Counselling and life coaching are similar in that both aim to help people live better lives. However, the similarity ends there. Counselling is a form of therapy for which practitioners require certification and qualification. We refer clients to counsellors if they need help to process their past experiences and release pain from these experiences. A good counsellor can help you reestablish stability in your life and function better. Together with a mentor/coach, you can be helped to make better decisions for yourself.
How is coaching different from mentoring or consulting?
Consulting is helping to build an organization
Coaching is helping learn leadership skills
Mentoring is a relationship that helps people realize their lifelong potential and vision.
What is Executive Mentoring?
Executive Mentoring combines Consulting, Coaching, and Mentoring where organizations are built, and previous experience is shared to help make decisions. Leaders are equipped and encouraged through skill development, almost always done one-on-one. Executive Mentors have acquired the expertise and knowledge the mentee needs, and a coach does not require specific knowledge of the individual’s career or desired skill set. If we do not see our having the right mentor for you, we will tell you upfront and try to suggest where you might seek help.
Are there different approaches to Mentoring?
Yes, there are three, and they can take place in person or by video conferencing:
- One-on-one Mentoring. A mentee and mentor are matched, either through a program or independently by an expert. …
- Distance Mentoring. A mentoring relationship in which the two parties (or group) are in different locations. …
- Group Mentoring. A single mentor is matched with a cohort of mentees.
Where does the mentoring take place?
If there is one thing learned through the COVID pandemic, it is the effectiveness of using video conferencing for mentoring and coaching. Consulting is, however, more effective done in person.
How long does it take with coaching to see a significant change in life?
Change takes time. We work with a minimum commitment of three months, and then together, we evaluate the need for continuation and the frequency of meetings. We desire to work ourselves out of a job within three months.
You work with faith-based leaders. Why is that important?
It is a large portion of the not-for-profit sector and is underserviced. All of our team are committed Christian believers with years of experience. We understand the language, theology, practices and challenges. Our team of associates covers all the bases. We are non-denominational, non-judgemental and take what we do seriously, but we do not take ourselves seriously. Most Christian leaders in ministry have been taught about theology and mission but not much about leading others. We help to fill that deprivation. We encourage leaders to use their abilities, talents, and experiences to help others in a more significant way, to think, live and serve beyond themselves.
Can a Christian Life Coach be an expert in all areas of my life?
No. A life coach is not necessarily focused on leadership development but helps with life issues. Because we cannot be experts in all areas, we work as a team who can resource one another and serve our clients’ best interests.
You work as a team. How does that work?
When we receive an enquiry about engagement, we meet with the client by video conference to understand their pain points. Then we ask what experience, personality and approach might be best suited for the client and look at all of our associates to see if we have someone available and well suited for your needs. Then as a team, we meet to encourage one another in the development of leaders with whom we are engaged.
Why would a Senior Executive engage an Executive Mentor?
- Observing and giving feedback on performance as impartial feedback from an external mentor is less threatening.
- The Executive Mentor is focused on learning about and sharing knowledge with the mentee and their impact on their team.
- Help in developing business plans or strategies.
- It supports their professional development.
- Executive mentors offer guidance during career or life changes.
- It’s beneficial if the mentee is up for a promotion or facing succession.
- It provides clarity and helps determine what the leader wants to achieve.
- Executive mentors assist in leveraging the strengths of their mentees.
- It helps the mentee form actional goals.
- Executive mentoring enables the mentee to gain leadership skills by providing regular feedback.
I have been told that I should get a life coach. What does that mean?
Any type of life coaching is aimed at helping people identify and improve upon their strengths and skills, achieve their goals, achieve personal and professional success and manage transitional stages of life and challenges in a better manner. A personal life coach helps people gain clarity and awareness regarding their feelings, thoughts, and options. We often feel unmotivated or unsure of what we think, what we want and why negative emotions hold us back. A personal life coach asks questions that help clients examine their inner beliefs and blockages and encourages them to achieve their goals or consider alternative life paths.
What are some of the common ways you help leaders through Executive Mentoring?
They ask the right questions and help clients build a new routine and alignment with their role, goals and priorities. We also help clients understand themselves so that they can organize better and control their time. We guide them in becoming more proactive than reactive. Often we help clients overcome setbacks and loss and deal with difficult situations and people.
Do you mentor both men and women?
Yes, of course. We have men and women on our team and even specialize in mentoring pastors’ spouses and Christian mothers of children who need support. A life coach can help us view situations, options, and relationships from fresh perspectives.
What do I look for in an Executive Mentor?
We suggest three things that are crucial to selecting a perfect mentor for you. The first is CHEMISTRY. The more comfortable you are with the mentor, the more likely the conversations will be honest. Chemistry goes both ways, and our associates will address this directly if it is not working for you or the mentor. COMMITMENT: Both the mentee and the mentor need to be committed to the process. You want a mentor dedicated to helping support you during your development. We will be upfront about that if we do not think we can do that because of time constraints or the current client load. EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM: For Executive Mentoring to be successful, the mentor needs to have the right experience and understand what it means to succeed in your job. They need to have experienced the role themselves and grown in knowledge and wisdom to share with the mentee. As faith-based mentors, we also pray for all of our clients, asking God to provide insight from above.
What levels of leadership do you mentor/coach?
Primarily we coach owners, directors, executives, senior leadership teams and managers. If we are working with an organization, our coaching can work with any professional on their team. We work with teachers, families, young adults, and household managers with life coaching.
We are a small not-for-profit. Do you work with leaders of smaller organizations?
Yes, of course, we do. The leadership challenges faced by smaller organizations are not dissimilar to much larger ones. Smaller organizations can significantly benefit from having an executive mentor, and they become part of your team and provide external support and wisdom.