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PostSubject: COACHING VS MENTORING   Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:46 pm



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Mentoring versus Coaching
What is mentoring?

Mentoring can occur naturally, informally or formally. It can be part of a formal program with a mutually agreed upon contract for meetings or other arrangements or it can last a lifetime.

Mentoring most often includes an exchange of wisdom, support, learning or guidance for the purpose of personal, spiritual, and career or life growth. In the workplace, mentoring is sometimes used to achieve strategic business goals, such as retaining new employees and/or leadership succession planning. For example, a mentor could be a highly visible and experienced company executive advising a rising star.

Unlike mentors, a coach can be less visible but very much present. Coaches are drawn from the outside to provide individual executive support on personal and business matters.

Across the country, senior managers are influencing young talent by being matched up with junior staffers interested in the opportunity to understand the corporate culture.

The mentor and mentee relationship is one of mutual benefit. The mentor gains the satisfaction of helping develop the talent and mentees get access to "someone who has been there" as knowledge and experience is shared from one generation to another. This knowledge sharing is important today as Baby Boomers exit the company for retirement.

Companies are hot on the practice these days, believing it encourages loyalty, diversity, and cohesion. Fully half of the 500 biggest businesses in the U.S. now offer mentoring, up from about 10% five years ago, according to Menttium Corp., which sets up such programs for corporations.

Mentoring takes on many forms. Mentoring can be a one-shot intervention or a lifelong relationship. It can be carried out informally, as relationships develop on their own, or formally as part of a highly structured program. One of the most common problems, especially with formal programs, is simply that the mentor and mentee are incompatible. Even the best intentions and most thorough questionnaires can't always identify what might really irritate you about the other person. Many companies have discovered that it is best for the mentee to choose his or her mentor rather than having the company do the matching.

Mentoring programs can be very helpful in achieving corporate objectives:

* Developing emerging leaders

* Retaining highly qualified employees

* Used as a recruitment tool and getting new staffers up-to-speed

* Provide guidance on work-life balance, navigating company culture, handling conflict resolution and learning specific skills

What is Coaching?

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The coaching relationship is a strong, resilient, dependable and safe vehicle in which change can take place for the person being coached.

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.

A coach is not a problem solver, teacher, advisor, instructor or expert. A coach is a listener, sounding board and awareness-raiser. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

All areas of coaching are most often characterized by one-to-one interactions that often are provided through face-to-face or telephone conversations.

These interactions share three essential core competencies: connection, clarification and commitment.

Wishing you health & happiness. Major(R)Khalid Nasr
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