The Startup
Published in

The Startup

Mentor, Jump In and Rescue, or Coach?

How to manage when there’s a struggle or stumble

Photo by Roman Samborskyi purchased on Shutterstock

This morning I was curious what results if you Google “should I mentor, coach, direct.” I pictured a manager faced with a team member who is struggling or has recently stumbled, and she’s trying to decide what to say or do. In most such scenarios, there is a right answer, and that is to coach. I was hoping that would…




Get smarter at building your thing. Follow to join The Startup’s +8 million monthly readers & +756K followers.

Recommended from Medium

10 signs your company culture might be f*ck#d and 10 ideas to fix it.

The DOSE Franchise Idea

Want to Start Your Own Business?

The Four Pillars Of The Successful Leadership

A tent glowing beautiful blue light into the night is under the vast Milky Way.

Three Ways that Pioneers Build Successful Growth Cultures

When your leader is a laggard

A Project Manager Development Framework

A mug saying the word ‘begin’

How To Get The Most Out Of Yourself and Those You Lead

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Shane Kinkennon

Shane Kinkennon

I write about principled, person-centered leadership. And occasionally matters of the heart.

More from Medium


One Key Leadership Lesson from David Cameron’s Fear of Tony Blair

The Science of Leadership

Elements of a Good Working Culture : Part 1