Analyse the Role of a Manager as a Coach and Mentor

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Analyse the role of a Manager as a Coach and Mentor. (5014 3.1)

Manager - Somebody who is responsible for directing and controlling the work and staff of a business, or of a department within it. Encarta Dictionary English Version.

As the Officer Commanding (OC) the Mountain Leader and Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (MLISTAR) Company I am responsible for managing the implementation of new ideas, training design and continuous improvement throughout the company. I manage the Combat Intelligence (CI) section, the ML vocational training Section and the training of ML students. I also manage the resources (time/equipment and manpower) held in the Coy to support training. I command one officer, one WO1, 5 C/Sgts, 3 Sgts, 2 JNCOs and 8 Mnes. When ML and CI courses are running I can have up to 100 people under my command.

The term manager is very much a civilian term that needs to be augmented by Leader and Commander when in a military TCM context, although each of these terms has their own definition and connotations. In the military it is rare to be one without the necessity to be the others.

As the OC of a company that trains Royal Marines and other elements of the Armed Forces it is very important that my instructors are as educated as possible and aware of the best methods of imparting information, this is inline with the view of the Commandant of CTCRM and the Teach, Coach, Mentor structure. “As an elite training organisation, we use Teach, Coach Mentor (TCM) philosophy to develop knowledge, skills and an attitude fundamental to maximising the potential of our people” Pg 3 Coaching and Mentoring Handbook. Comdt CTCRM 15 Sep 2010.

To further enhance the ethos within the ML specialisation I have created a mnemonic to support the development of a positive attitude towards the TCM construct.

Resilience – Physically and mentally strong, flexible and agile. Operational Capability – Decision Making, problem...
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