Popular View of the Differences between Coaching and Mentoring

  1. Coaching is task oriented and requires the coach to be expert and credible. The development of the long term business relationship is said not to be critical for success. Mentoring on the other hand is described as relationship oriented and transformational in scope.
  2. Coaching is short term in nature. The association lasts as long as it takes for the task to be completed. Mentoring is described as always being long term.  At least 9 – 12 months are required for a relationship of trust and security to develop.
  3. Coaching is noted as being performance driven. The emphasis is on improvement most likely on the job.  Once new skills are acquired the coaching is deemed to be complete. Mentoring on the other hand is noted as being development driven.
  4. Coaching can begin almost immediately on most topics. Preparation time is noted as being minimal. Mentoring is stated to require a design phase necessary to determine the strategic purpose of the mentorship.

Coaching and mentorship are both used in business and personally for people wishing to alter their lives. What resonates as accurate or inaccurate with you?

Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com