What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?

Mentoring and coaching share similarities but there are distinct differences.  Mentoring is a relationship between two people based on a journey of learning and exchange. It is when one person shares their relevant knowledge and experience with another person who will benefit in some way from this exchange and support a transition in their life.  Mentors often choose to take on this role freely as they genuinely wish to contribute to people that are aspiring to take a similar path.

Coaching is also a relationship, based on the pursuit of learning and growth.  The key difference is that the success of the growth is dependent on the training experience and skills of the coach.  The coach's role is to withhold providing advice (as one might expect a mentor to do), but rather to effectively "draw out" and empower the person they are working with to find the solutions themselves. A coach will then support the client to be accountable and develop a disciplined mindset to take the necessary action.

When coaching clients, we distinguish between shifting from being a coach to a mentor.  We ask permission before providing advice as a 'mentor,' to ensure that you are aware of the changed role.

Individual/Group Mentoring - We mentor individuals or groups often via the phone or skype, with a keen leaning towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are in diverse sectors with specific expertise in government or business and are keen to pursue a career in either.

Mentoring Program Design - The design of mentoring programs within an organisation requires a commitment in both resources and time. It requires the agency to commit long-term to the ongoing establishment and resources required.  The benefits will be significant if undertaken in the right way from the beginning. If you are ready to take this path, let's talk about how to begin.