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What is Mentoring?

December 8, 2021

Mentoring has a different purpose and goal. Mentoring is the act of guiding, counseling, and supporting. This is vastly different from coaching. It is fundamentally teaching. However, the objective is slightly different.

Mentorship is more voluntary in nature and is less formal than coaching. The mentor and protégé endeavor on a broad development goal like becoming a leader. Mentoring encompasses many complex areas of development.

In your matching activity, we learned that coaching scenarios include the following:

  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Production work
  • Behavioral issues like tardiness

Likewise, we learned that mentoring scenarios include the following:

  • Networking
  • Political strategizing
  • Negotiation
  • Managing

In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively coach; however, later, there will be a discussion on how to transition from a coach to a mentor. It should be a manager’s goal to develop their people in a way that furthers their career. Mentoring does this. For now, we are going to focus on coaching people for specific goals. The next lesson discusses an easy-to-remember coaching process.