The Difference Between Mentoring vs Coaching


I like knowing the precise differences betweens words and ideas, especially if I can put them into a framework.

Imagine my delight, then, when Andrew Holland clarified for me the difference between mentoring and coaching:

  • Mentoring is guiding someone along the same journey you’ve taken
  • Coaching is helping someone find their way on the journey they’re taking

Coaching is an incredible skill. I have great respect for it, and indeed I do some of it when consulting.

But mostly, I’m a mentor. I’m good at communicating where I’ve been and the things I’ve observed. That’s why I don’t do life coaching – I leave that to the pros, like Andrew.

Which are you?

How to make Meaning

Yesterday we asked whether our brands are making meaning after examining the progression of brands from functional, to aspirational, and now to meaningful.

Today: how on earth do you make a brand meaningful?

Guy Kawasaki, when he discusses the Art of Innovation (exceptional videos – 10 minutes long), says that you must make meaning with your offering. He explains that products that go deeper than entertainment and touch at purpose at the ones who are making meaning – that their existence in the life of their customer is one that helps the customer define their world.

There are two core parts here for me that I would say we could distill “making meaning” down to: Continue reading “How to make Meaning”

Why you must see yourself as the leader that you are


Last week I did an interview on leadership, community and social media with Adrian Swinscoe, which I thoroughly enjoyed and you can listen to here.

At the end of the blog post in which the interview was posted, Wendy commented and talked about a situation where others might regard her as a leader, but she doesn’t think she is one herself – and asked if this is a problem. I think it is, and so I responded. Here’s what I responded with, and it’s important to post here because I believe it is detrimental to not see yourself as the leader that you are: Continue reading “Why you must see yourself as the leader that you are”

If you’re not talking, you’re not learning

In preparing for our Like Minds itinerary this year, I’ve been thinking again about how people learn and how events should help them learn. In particular, I’ve been thinking about a diagram I blogged about almost a year ago now:


This is the cone of learning by Edgar Dale, which says that we remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, but 70% of what we say and 90% of what we say and do. Continue reading “If you’re not talking, you’re not learning”

Your Opinion: Can You Teach Leadership? Or Are You Born With It?

The BBC asked this question a while ago while citing some of the greatest leaders of all time.

My opinion is that leadership as a skill can be learnt. I would consider much of leadership being wrapped up in teamwork, influence, strategy, and so on, and these are things that you can most certainly learn. I know this because I’ve learnt them! For many years I struggled with leadership and with building teams of people, but through being more prepared and investing in learning these skills, I’ve increased in being a leader. Continue reading “Your Opinion: Can You Teach Leadership? Or Are You Born With It?”

4 Ways To Focus When You Meet People


You might not believe it but there was a time when I was really bad with people. In fact, I was so bad with people that I have the nickname ‘Scary Scott’ at the Christian Union because whilst I was on-target with my bible skills, I was wildly off-target with my people skills.

Luckily, I believed that you could learn leadership, that you could learn people skills, and that what one man can do, another can do. So it is that the connected, engaging, Like Minds uniting person you see before you is actually a result of nurture more than nature. Continue reading “4 Ways To Focus When You Meet People”

Video: What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do

Many, many years ago I was frustrated that I wasn’t experiencing the successes in my life that I saw others were. People would do things that I wanted to do, but I excused them as impossible for me to ever attain.

There’s no surprise then that I was also jealous of people – wanting what they had, because I couldn’t have it.

I’m talking here about things like someone fulfilling a part of their life’s calling, achieving a career succes or financial success, being daring enough to just do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, travel to a certain place, and so on. Continue reading “Video: What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do”