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?
i can relate with mentoring especially when you have embarked on the same interests
YES! I’m learning that there’s something about being an advisor / mentor, separate to being a coach.
thanks scott for clarifying that i always believed mentoring& coaching were the same