There are fundamental differences between Coaching and Mentoring and Lucy offers both. Keep on reading to determine which is right for you.
Coaching is task oriented. The focus is on concrete issues, such as managing more effectively, speaking more articulately, and learning how to think strategically.
Mentoring is relationship oriented. It seeks to provide a safe environment where the mentoree shares whatever issues affect his or her professional and personal success. Although specific learning goals or competencies may be used as a basis for creating the relationship, its focus goes beyond these areas to include things, such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences the professional.
Coaching is usually short term. A coach can successfully be involved with a coachee for a short period of time, maybe even just a few sessions. The coaching lasts for as long as is needed, depending on the purpose of the coaching relationship.
Mentoring is always long term. Mentoring, to be successful, requires time in which both partners can learn about one another and build a climate of trust that creates an environment in which the mentoree can feel secure in sharing the real issues that impact his or her success. Successful mentoring relationships last nine months to a year.
Coaching is performance driven. Often the purpose of coaching is to improve the individual's performance in one particular area of their life. This can involve either enhancing current skills or acquiring new skills. Once the coachee successfully acquires the skills, the coach is no longer needed.
Mentoring is development driven. Its purpose is to develop the individual not only for the right now, but also for the future.
When to consider coaching
When you have a specific area of your life that you wish to work on, that involves creating tasks with your coach in order to develop a plan or solution
When to consider mentoring
When you are looking for longer term guidance in order to support you developing a life-work balance and perhaps work on many different areas of your life over a period of time.
You can discuss the differences with Lucy and what approach would work best with you during your FREE 30 minute consultation.