How Mentorship Can Unlock Employee Potential: A Discussion with Kristin Ihle Helledy

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Kristin Ihle Helledy is a prolific speaker and writes for many media outlets. She has also frequently featured on television shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.

Avoid micromanaging

“The quickest way to avoid micromanaging is to hire people you trust because people are more likely to avoid putting you in the bad box if they feel like they can talk to you,” Kristin says. Her first step for assessing good people is to talk to them because you have the best opportunity to observe how they interact and get to know their goals. “I’ve found that for new hires, it’s best to focus on their specific role and accomplishments. I like to encourage that,” she says.

Give employees a safe space to share feedback.

Kristin Ihle Helledy: We recognize that this is a complex business with unique demands, so we offer the option to bring up these issues and concerns directly to the leadership team and the owner. Often, the leadership team needs to be aware of the issues and concerns that employees raise on their own. And if we say, “Oh, don’t worry about it,” we don’t allow that opportunity for the employee to come forward.

An amazing benefit of bringing these issues to the leadership team is that employees often get to talk to other employees, which is a hugely positive experience and can dramatically boost employee engagement.

Unlock Your Employee Potential with Mentorship

Kristin Ihle Helledy wants to help professionals seeking to advance their careers at an age when the pace of change is unprecedented. “There’s a difference between feeling accomplished or still hungry and knowing your skills, having the confidence that you know what you’re doing,” says , based in her West Michigan office. And for the ambitions of her client base—who often want to improve their skills but are reluctant to take risks, afraid to fail, or unsure—this is more of an issue than ever before.

Kristin Ihle Helledy recently leveraged her experience to launch Career Catalyst, a new coaching program that helps mid to high-level professionals do that. Career Catalyst takes a client-centric approach that tackles major issues head-on.

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