I am often asked: “What is the difference between coaching and mentorship?”
The short answer: coaching is a formal relationship based on skill development, that is process driven and results oriented. Mentorship on the other hand, is informal, exchanging information and sharing life experience.
Here is a quick chart for reference:
Formal business relationship Informal personal relationship
Specific term or duration Usually no time limit
Specific dates/times to meet No set schedule
Results oriented Sharing information
Individual or team Individual
Trained or Certified Life experience
Many articles have been written on creating a distinction between the two different types of relationships and yet one has to recognize that the skills required for each are similar, if not the same and yet both are equally important to an individuals personal journey towards success:
• listening skills
• decision making and flexibility
• open communication
• problem solving
• negotiation, to name a few…
Each relationship is built on trust and respect, building confidence that contributes to personal and professional development. One relationship may support the other at different times throughout a career and be just as important to your overall journey for success.
The tools that we use contribute to building the skills that support every business venture. Whether you are an intrapreneur, entrepreneur or solopreneur there may be times when we need to define, refine or revise our goals and objectives so that we continue to grow and prosper.
In The Mechanics of FLOW2 there are 10 modules you may consider in your quest for change. Three different options have been created with you in mind. They may appeal to your sense of independence through self-study. One-to-one coaching will support your objectives with action items that contribute to your ongoing success. Or a mastermind session will encourage collaboration and sharing information that crosses both industry and expertise through creating an incubator for future growth and development.
From my point of view, it is not the definition or method of study that you explore. What is most important? Finding the right connection that will create a foundation for achieving results.
Join us and “Go with the FLOW2.”
Trish Tonaj is an author, coach and speaker sharing stories on mentorship
while creating a culture of wealth and wellbeing. She is the author of Breaking Barriers: 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories and A Diary of Change 12 Personal Tools. Visit Trish @ www.phaze2wellness.com