Mentoring is a hierarchical relationship the mentor is a person who experience either through a number of industries or through a functional line. Their role is to offer the benefit of their experience and wisdom to somebody usually younger but more certainly more junior as far as experience is concerned. So their role is about imparting their lessons along the way how they’ve navigated things often. It’s about being able to open doors or expand network for people and really just give them some guidance and information on how to navigate in that particular area of interest.
Coaching is different in that in the coaching relationship rather than the coach being the expert. Actually the coach he is the expert of coaching works with trying to untap their thinking and the potential of the coach and that’s through a relationship of questioning, probing, working with their experience and knowledge to help them create solutions for themselves whereas in the mentoring senario. It’s far more giving the benefit of the advice and wisdom that’s been gathered through series of time or experiences.
Focus is on issues that affect his or her professional and personal success, such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception and how the personel influences the professional. Requires time so both partners can learn about one another. It’s purpose to develop the individual not only for the current job, but also for the future. The manager has no link to the mentor and they do not communicate at all during the mentoring relationship. Focus areas; the relationship, the specific mentoring models and the specific components that will guide the relationship, especially the matching process.
Focus is on concrete issues such as managing more effectively, speaking more articulately and learning how to think strategically. A couch can successfully be involved for a short period of time, maybe even just a few sessions. The purpose of the couching is to improve the individual’s performance on the job. This involves either enchancing current skills of acquiring new skills. Coaching can be conducted almost immediately on any given topic. Often provides the coach with feedback on areas in which his or her employee is in need of coaching.