What is Coaching?

Coaching is a collaborative process during which you will have the time and space to explore the areas that you would like to focus and work on, without opinion or judgement from the coach. Coaching is non-advisory and aims to empower and guide you to discover the answers and solutions for yourself, which you are then more likely to take action on, though you may then need some additional accountability and a bit of a kick. It’s not always comfortable (and so isn’t for those who are happy for things to continue with the way they are), and you will sometimes be challenged (in a good way), but it works!

A coach may or may not have expertise in any one specific area, which is why coaching can sometimes be confused with mentoring. The general consensus is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach so coaching is very much tailored to the individual or group. The coach may also bring in tools from other disciplines, such as visualisation, where they feel it may be productive, but always with your permission. Typically at the start of each session, both parties will agree on the desired outcome(s).

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a formal, or less formal, relationship between two parties whereby the goal is to aid your professional and personal development. The mentor is usually the more experienced individual who shares their knowledge, experience and advice with you around what has worked for them.

Mentors often take the role of ‘trusted advisors’ and role models – seen as individuals who have ‘been there, done that.’ Despite that, there will still be a number of different paths and various options to explore. Ultimately, the end decision and actions are still yours to take.