Saturday, 3 March 2012

Differences between Mentoring and Coaching 2

Differences between Mentoring and Coaching 2

My previous blog gave an explanation of Mentoring and Coaching and this table adapted from the CIPD tries to show the key differences.


On-going relationship that can last for a long period of time

Relationship generally has a set duration

Can be more informal and meetings can take place as and when the mentee needs some advice, guidance or support

Generally more structured in nature and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis
More long-term and takes a broader view of the person

Short-term (sometimes time-bound) and focused on specific development areas and issues

Mentor is usually more experienced and qualified than the ‘mentee’. Often a senior person in the organisation who can pass on knowledge, experience and open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities
Coaching is generally not performed on the basis that the coach needs to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role, unless the coaching is specific and skills-focused

Focus is on career and personal development

Focus is generally on development and/or issues at work

Agenda is set by the mentee, with the mentor providing support and guidance to prepare them for future roles
The agenda is focused on achieving specific, immediate goals

Mentoring resolves more around developing the mentee professionally

Coaching revolves more around specific development areas and issues

Christopher, CEO and founder director of Meritas International & Consulting, 
 is a qualified advanced coach and accredited business mentor. 
He is a Chamber of Commerce Business Mentor and has mentored 
young entrepreneurs with the Princes Trust since 2010.

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