Coaching and Mentoring – What’s the Difference?

 

 Leaders frequently seek clarification from me on the difference between these two very different approaches. Confusing the two happens frequently for many of us, which means we are in good company! So here’s my take on the distinction.

Mentoring is the easy one to describe, reason being that most of us are flattered when asked to regale someone with our war stories and to provide advice and guidance based upon the many experiences we’ve collected. If I’m seeking a mentor, I’ll be looking for someone who’s been there, seen it, done it successfully and bought the T shirt within my field. I’m wanting to pick that person’s brain and benefit from suggested solutions that I can immediately apply to good effect.

The plus-side of this mentoring approach is that there’s a greater chance I’ll get a short-term result, given that if I selected my mentor well, they’ve got demonstrated success in dealing with these issues. So if my objective is urgent and important or is causing me a lot of problems, getting that quick fix could work out just great. The downside of a mentoring approach is that the recommended solution will always be my mentor’s. Even if I get a good result I will be implementing someone else’s solution. This approach delivers far less sustainable increase in both capacity and competency than taking a coaching approach.

Why? Simple answer is that when you consider a professional coach or coach-like leader helping with coaching, they won’t give you any advice and guidance. What! No advice and guidance! Who’s going to tell me what to do? The answer is yourself. The value a coaching approach adds for you comes from someone asking you really good questions and helping you to challenge your own thinking to reach your own potential solutions. This delivers far greater sustainable capacity and competency gains.

So which is ‘best’? Mentoring or coaching? That’ll depend on your own objectives. Both the mentoring and coaching approaches have value to offer. My own view is that if your objective is short term,  urgent and important, I’d likely seek advice and guidance from a decent mentor. If I can take a longer term coaching approach that allows me to fail and learn, to refine my own solutions, then I’ll end up far more capable and with far greater capacity to continue learning more because I’ll not only know what solution will work, I’ll also be crystal clear as to why. 

And because life’s never that clearcut, then there’s ‘laser coaching’, which is a topic for another day.

Kind regards,

Alan

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Coach with Wise – Application drives Value

Change your Choices

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Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It’s such a commonly quoted line, yet so many of us continue to vent, to whinge about results we are unhappy with whilst steadfastly refusing to acknowledge it’s our own responsibility to do something differently.

This extends to broaching and holding the difficult conversation where others are part of the results I want to change. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s mantra that “Clear is Kind”, reminding all of us that if we truly care enough, want to be kind enough, courageously choosing to hold the difficult conversations is where it’s at. No, they don’t always yield the wonderful dream result for us, yet is not choosing to hold them related to who we wish to be?

I am who I show up as – that’s who you judge me as. My intentions you cannot see. With that in mind, I will be the person who shows up holding the difficult conversation because I care, because I will be a kind human.

#coaching; #leadershipcoaching; #executivecoaching; #management; #lifecoaching; #personalgrowth; #personaldevelopment; #selfdevelopment; #mindfulness

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Choose Happiness

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The one thing we can control in life is how we respond, which includes what we choose to feel. Yes, it takes intention and focus. Yes, it takes some energy. Nobody can make us feel anything – we CHOOSE how we feel.

Remember that we are not our brain! Our brain will make suggestions…and may present options that are more negative, particularly if it’s into a habit of looking for the negative and has become weighted to see the negative. Re-training our brain to find balance and to focus on a more resourceful and positive option is absolutely within our grasp – we are  capable of choosing to ignore our brain suggestions! Rather, it is our choices, our actions that define us. So choose the path that offers us happiness and kindness.

#coaching; #leadershipcoaching; #executivecoaching; #management; #lifecoaching; #personalgrowth; #personaldevelopment; #selfdevelopment; #mindfulness

 

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More of Happy

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Truly, the essential things of life are carried with us. We come into this world and go out of this world with open palms. Those experiences from life that we adored and those people we love, they are within. Always. Everything else, well it just comes and goes. Where will you choose to invest your time and energy?

#coaching; #leadershipcoaching; #executivecoaching; #management; #lifecoaching; #personalgrowth; #personaldevelopment; #selfdevelopment; #mindfulness

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Live Simply

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Truly, the essential things of life are carried with us. External to us, we come into this world and go out of this world with open palms. Those experiences we adored and those we love, they are within. Always.

#coaching; #leadershipcoaching; #executivecoaching; #management; #lifecoaching; #personalgrowth; #personaldevelopment; #selfdevelopment; #mindfulness

 

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Listening & Leadership

1990 – recruit people just like you; life is easy.

2018 – recruit those most different from you – only by enabling a team environment of psychological safety will we leverage value from different perspectives to reap Creativity and Innovation.

We need more Leaders listening now and in our future. Choose to be a listener.

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