Coaching is Task-Oriented
The focus is on tangible issues relating to hard skills, such as managing more effectively and efficiently, speaking with greater clarity and articulation, as well as learning how to think in a strategic way. This calls for a skills development professional (coach) who is proficient at teaching a skill set to the coachee on how to develop and be competent at the skill at hand.
Coaching Tends to be Short-Term
Coaching is often just on a short term basis. It’s on an “as much as is needed” format. Once a skill is learned then the coachee moves on to the next skill perhaps with another coach. You will no doubt be interested to learn how we at LIG have successfully brought together the long term self-leadership top line elements like mentoring, with the shorter term bottom line management and skill-based coaching, to form a seamless Mentorship Coaching process.
Coaching is Measured & Driven by Performance
Mentoring is driven and measured by the development and transformation of the person. Its aim is to develop the person for both short and longer term goals. Mentoring often leads to wonderful, meaningful and purposeful long-term relationships that coaching, by the nature of it, rarely does.
Coaching is More About the Skill Than the Person
Coaching does not need as much thought and planning behind it as mentoring does. Coaching is less about the person and personal, and more about the skill. It can be done almost on the spot without any thought for the person at all, except what is relative to the skill to be coached. Mentoring has a longer, more meaningful and purposeful lead time and process.
When Coaching is preceded by Mentorship, it takes coaching and skill learning to almost unbelievable levels. It shortens the training period considerably and increases the learning and proficiency many times over.
We believe that, armed with the understanding of the differences between Mentorship and Coaching even at this basic level, you will get more out of our work at Lighthouse International Group and will be able to use it both as an inspiration and a catalyst to greater and greater achievement in your life.