5 questions every mentor must ask

Lately I’ve been pondering the subtle, yet important difference between being a mentor or a coach. On a personal note, I’ve come to the conclusion that the primary difference is that a MENTOR is a teacher or master and therefore is expected to teach you a things more directly and must know a thing or two about the trade. A coach, however, is  in some sense more of an expensive psychologist for business people and are  trying to remove the barriers that you put in front of yourself. Hence, it doesn’t require

I recently came across 5 questions that a MENTOR should ask according to HBR blogger Anthony Tjan:

  1. What is it that you really want to be and do?
  2. What are you doing really well that is helping you get there?
  3. What are you not doing well that is preventing you from getting there?
  4. What will you do differently tomorrow to meet those challenges?
  5. How can I help / where do you need the most help?

So I guess, if you’re a coach, please rephrase the questions so the “coachee” discovers it him/herself.

To read more see the original and very good HBR blog post by Anthony Tjan  here.




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