Mentors and Coaches: Day 6 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH
From Friday 19th January, everyday for 40 days, I will be sharing something each day that has either (1) changed my way of thinking or perspective, (2) helped me get through a challenging period of transition, change or growth, or (3) changed my life for the better. I've called it '40 Days of Growth'. I'd love it if you followed along with me on this journey - contributing what has also helped you to learn, grow and change. And, if I can support you on your own learning journey, please do let me know :)
Please note that these next few posts will be shorter as I am preparing these posts before heading away to help run the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme from Tuesday until Sunday
Day 6 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH
Mentors and Coaches
Zig Ziglar said, "A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could."
This is true for my own experience. I cannot emphasise quite how important mentors and coaches have been for my personal and professional growth. Because of these valuable experiences being mentored and coached, I now repay these services to those younger than me or those going through periods of transition and change. I found the experience of being coached so valuable that I went out and became a trained coach - 100% worth the investment :)
What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?
Simply put: Mentors are figures with more experience within either the same field of work, or who have valuable life experience they can pass on. Coaches are trained to facilitate structured conversations that help clients reach performance-related goals.
From the Center for Coaching & Mentoring:
"A mentor is like a sounding board, they can give advice but the partners is free to pick and choose what they do. The context does not have specific performance objectives. A coach is trying to direct a person to some end result, the person may choose how to get there, but the coach is strategically assessing and monitoring the progress and giving advice for effectiveness and efficiency."
"Mentoring is biased in your favor. Coaching is impartial, focused on improvement in behavior."
Questions for you
What are your experiences being mentored or coached? Or, have you mentored and/or coached other people? Tell me in the comments section below!
If it is of use, I can share next week my best tips of how to find and cultivate relationships with mentors. Comment below if you would find this useful :)