Contrary to what many believe, Mentoring and Coaching are not the same. I have read more than 50 pages where they try to explain the differences between Mentoring and Coaching, and after asking several friends to read them and explain the differences, I think it is time to try to explain them. As always, I will try to do it in the most practical, dynamic and pedagogical way possible.
What is mentoring and what is coaching?
Imagine that you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur/entrepreneur. At this moment you work for a multinational company and have been working for 15 years in this company. After these years, you feel more and more every day, the feeling of wanting to do something new, of creating your own company, but you do not know where to start, you do not really know your strengths and weaknesses, what causes you to be full of fear. the situation, a coach will be of great help.
The Coach will help you better understand your motivations, your personality, your aptitudes and attitudes, and your vision. Keep in mind that the Coach does not have to have been previously an entrepreneur/entrepreneur, as to help you in the comments above is not essential. So far you just need to be a good counselor, a good coach and have a good training in coaching.
After some Coaching sessions, together with your Coach, you have decided to take the big step and embark on the exciting challenge of being an entrepreneur. He presents his resignation in the multinational where he works and decides to create his own company. He already knows his motivations, strengths, and weaknesses, knows the attitude he must take to succeed, and above all is committed to achieving his vision.
At this time you need to get practical advice from someone who has already traveled this road, and also successfully. You have a series of technical and practical issues that need answers, you face difficult decision times, the first ones arise ethical conflicts and even the moments of discouragement and low self-esteem.
Listening to the advice and guidance of someone who has never experienced it can be frustrating, especially if you have to spend money for it. At this time, what you need is a mentor. A person who is similar to a Coach, but with theoretical and practical knowledge related to his vision.
If you have decided to start a business of consulting, find a mentor who has worked as a consultant with success. If you want to create an engineering company, look for a Mentor who has been successful as an engineer. If you want to dedicate yourself to Sales, look for a Mentor who has been successful in the world of Sales.
It is important for you to know the differences between Mentoring and Coaching, including the differences between Coaching and Psychotherapy (do not be surprised, some people send me emails confusing both). I myself lived in my own body the confusion between Mentoring and Coaching, when I had to find my own Coach, and later choose my Mentor.
Imagine again that you need to learn to ride a bicycle. A Coach will allow you to discover whether or not you have enough balance to not only ride a bicycle but also on a motorcycle, to ride on skates, etc. It will teach you exercises to develop your balance in general. It can tell you the different parts of a bicycle. It can explain the benefits of a healthy life and riding a bicycle but, ……………… ..not going to ride a bike with you, or will teach to repair a puncture, it is possible that physically not be able to travel a kilometer by bicycle.
The Coach does not have to have been a cyclist, his function is to develop his skills to ride a bicycle, not be a great cyclist. It is at this time that you will need a Mentor to ride on a bicycle next to you with your own, to pedal with you (not for you), the first time you click a wheel, he will fix it, but more importantly , will teach you how to fix it, and will guide you when you have to fix the next punctures, and of course, will travel miles and miles by your side by bicycle.
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