Coaching and Mentoring

Both of them help an individual to grow and develop. The difference it’s in approach and results. A well known comparison  describe them:

Aspect

Mentoring

Coaching

Source of Relationship

Personal

Professional

Focus

Personal and Professional

Professional – Personal only if relates to professional

Goals

Related to life in general

Specific to work requirements

Performance measurement

Informal

Formal

Rewards

Relationship

Improved performance

Mentoring is something more personal, it’s happing when another individual accepts to do.

  • Rewards come from the relationship between the mentor and mentee
  • Performance measurement won’t exist or will be very informal

Coaching relationship is part of your job or position.

  • Goals related to your job performance
  • Goals should be specific, measurable since you will be judged by them
  • Goals should be formal, agreed-upon, clear, and documented

Reasons for poor performance

  • Lack of required capabilities
  • The job isn’t challenging enough
  • They feel aren’t appreciated
  • They feel they’ve been overlooked in some way
  • They don’t get along with their colleagues
  • They have personal problems
  • They’ve developed an attitude
  • They lack the motivation
  • The job isn’t right for them