As a manager, it’s important to balance your style between advice-giving mode (mentorship), active listening and curiosity mode (coaching), and empowering mode (sponsorship). This course will help you know when to employ one over the other—especially when you’re managing people who work really differently than you do.

You’ll see these skills demonstrated in real time, and I’ll coach you through practicing them yourself. This course’s homework takes these skills into the real world and helps you apply them to your specific workplace and context.

And as an added bonus, you’ll hear from my friends and former colleagues as they share their own perspectives and help me practice and demonstrate these skills.

You'll receive:

What's included?

  • Captioned videos of Lara teaching and demonstrating these skills with others

  • Workbook exercises for you to practice the skills throughout the course

  • Built-in reflection time to solidify what you're learning

  • Homework to apply these skills to your specific workplace and context

Catt Small, Product Designer & Game Maker

Learn about the power of sponsorship from

Jen Schenkel

Watch a real coaching session with my longtime coach

John Allspaw

Watch me receive mentorship from

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring Course!

    • How this works, and what you'll need

  • 02


    • What is mentoring?

    • Let's see mentorship in action

  • 03


    • What is coaching?

    • Let's see coaching in action

    • Mentoring vs. coaching

  • 04


    • What is sponsoring?

    • The benefits of sponsorship

  • 05

    Balancing Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring

    • How to balance these skills in 1:1s