2 Are mentoring and coaching different or the same?
The differences and similarities between mentoring and coaching are extensively discussed in the academic literature and online, but this widely shared, unattributed quote seems to encapsulate the key difference neatly:
A coach has some great questions for your answers. A mentor has some great answers for your questions.
Activity 3 The same or different?
From the list of words given below, choose the ones that you think best relate to mentoring and/or coaching. Type the words mentoring, coaching or both into the table.
|Mentoring and/or coaching?
There are no consistently right or wrong answers to this question. For example, while a coaching relationship tends to have a fixed term and more structure than a mentoring one, that isn’t always the case. Some mentoring relationships will be informal and ad hoc, whereas others will have more structure, depending on the preferences and availability of the individuals involved. The debate will continue, with different professionals explaining coaching and mentoring in subtly different ways. Watch this video to see some views from practitioners.