One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of SSC is being able to work with upcoming researchers and companies. Being asked to get involved to help shape strategy is a pleasure as well as vital in a company journey.
Mentoring – Coaching – Sparring
What does mentoring, coaching, and sparring mean and my experiences of these roles.
A Mentor is a person with experience acquired in one or various fields and he/she shares with mentees (someone with less experience) his/her knowledge to help mentees develop their skills, achieve their goals, and enrich their professional journey.
A Coach is a person who provides guidance to coachees on their goals and helps them reach their full potential. For instance, when topics are more personal in nature, a business coach can make the senior leader aware of their characteristics and how they can use them to achieve their personal growth goals and realize their business objectives.
A Sparring partner focus is not on the individual’s personal goals but to think along with a leader in the business’s strategic context. A sparring partner has usually a broad business experience and provides an external perspective. Together with a sparring partner, the leader can validate, reflect, or brainstorm on challenges, like thinking of strategies to overcome the possible challenges.
I have an honour to be involved in all these roles:
I am a Mentor of Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) that is an elite Nordic Mentor Network of handpicked mentors and promising life science projects & start-ups. The vision of NOME is to develop and implement a best-in- class mentoring initiative that will propel the Nordic countries into one of the leading life science regions to commercialize high growth life science start-ups.
I am also a Mentor of SparkFinland, a program that is designed to increase the maturity of academic and clinical discoveries towards practical and value creating solutions in the health tech and life science space.
I am a Coach at SSC, where I am e.g. providing with my colleagues training on Presentations Skills, Business Skills, Productization Skills etc.
I am a Sparring partner at KasvuOpen, that provides sparring programs for entrepreneurs, and I have been sparring each year since 2018 many companies from different fields, for example, Health and Wellbeing, SmartCity, Bio- and Circular Economy, Energy, Digital Health etc.
I have enjoyed each role and often the roles mix along the processes. Mentoring, coaching, and sparring are great ways to keep oneself updated with recent technology developments, and network with new people, and companies. Certainly, it is always delighted to be able to share own experience and expertise to help others and it is a process which I also learn from and get to expand my own skills too!
Anna-Marja Hoffrén, Managing Director of SSC-FI