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:
- What is it that you really want to be and do?
- What are you doing really well that is helping you get there?
- What are you not doing well that is preventing you from getting there?
- What will you do differently tomorrow to meet those challenges?
- 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.