People often ask me, “Say, what’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?”
Well, in my view, here’s the essential distinction: MENTORING is where I talk and you ask questions; COACHING is where you talk and I ask questions.
So there will be some things that I’m simply not qualified to mentor you on. But as a Master Certified Coach – the Gold Standard of coach credentialing from the International Coaching Federation, and a distinction that fewer than 2% of all coaches, worldwide, have achieved – I can pretty much coach you on anything!
Of course sometimes clients prefer more of a hybrid-like approach – some questions, some answers, some talking, some listening – not like an interview or formal Q&A session, but more like a (hopefully) engaging, relevant, and insightful conversation.
So if something’s been bugging you, let’s see which approach gets you the most traction, yes?!
Post ScriptI hope this post has helped you learn something about yourself. If so, please make a point to share your insight with others as a way to "lock in" your learning.
While you're at it, I'd also appreciate you telling them about LeadershipTraction and the resources available, here, on-line, at www.leadershiptraction.com including:
• my other blog posts
• my leadership tutorial downloads
• my newsletter archives
• the curated content on my LeadershipTraction Facebook page
• and, of course, my book, Leadership Haiku
P.P.S. If you have a question or comment about this post, just let me know. I'll do my best to get back to you, straightaway.