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        Coaching and Mentoring -
 What's the Difference between Coaching and  Mentoring?

   Guiding others through life can be a daunting, but potentially rewarding task for any one up to the challenge. The person doing the guiding has a fine line to walk.

   On one hand he must be strong enough to rebuke the follower if that person ignores advice.

   On the other hand, he must sometimes allow the follower to stray, so that the follower can better understand why things should be done differently. The people doing the guiding generally fall into the categories of coaches and mentors.

   While the two roles are similar in some ways, they are in fact very different. Before taking someone under your wing to help them progress through life, it's important to understand the difference between coaching and mentoring.

generally involves a closer and deeper relationship than is seen in coaching. The leader and follower in this relationship are most commonly referred to as mentor and protégé. The mentor is often older than the protégé, and is certainly more knowledgeable, wise, and more experienced. The mentor's task is to be the guide for the inexperienced protégé, with the desired result of the protégé growing closer to mentor's level of knowledge and experience over time.

   The mentor-protégé relationship is as old as history itself. There are many variations of this relationship. For example, when a new employee first enters a company or business, he or she is generally adopted by someone who has been in there for a longer time. Because the new employee will likely at first feel uncomfortable or might not be prepared for the challenges of the new workplace, the mentor serves as a buffer and guide, making the transition easier for the protégé, and accelerating the process of integration and becoming a productive employee.

   Another example - when an existing employee exhibits potential as someone who could one day assume a position with greater responsibility - a person experienced in the company could informally take on this employee and be his or her mentor. In this relationship, the mentor teaches the protégé the necessary skills to advance in the workplace.

   The concept of coaching is quite different from mentoring. In coaching, a leader or overseer directs the movements of one person or a group. The instruction and training given are done with a specific end goal in mind. The methods of directing people's movements and actions might include giving motivational talks. The coach may also train people to make them perform better, such as through seminars or workshops, or through practice such as done in sports.

   In mentoring, a mentor teaches a protégé how to live better or how to function better. In coaching, actually a more specific method of mentoring, the coach guides an individual or a team to achieve an end goal.

   For sports coaches, this would be winning a game or event. For marriage coaches, the goal would be a stronger marital bond. For family coaches, it would be a stronger familial bond, between parents and children, or possibly amongst the children themselves.

   There are many different kinds of coaching and mentoring, and many different techniques associated with each as well. Whether a coach or a mentor is more appropriate for your particular situation is something you will decide.

                                                                                         Richard Rossbauer

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                   Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day,
                   teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime

Chinese Proverb
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