Spotlight on – coaching and mentoring
When you read business support websites, it often seems like the words ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ are interchangeable. However, there are some significant differences that you need to understand so that you can decide which you need at this time in your professional and personal development journey. At The Alternative Board, we can help you find out, which is more suitable for your current requirements.
This process starts with the coach offering to train individuals in specific skills. There are typically specific goals guiding a coaching process and, in the end, there will be measurable results. The relationship between coach and subject is usually shorter than the one between mentor and mentee.
The coaching process is based on training, feedback, and achievement. It can be used to meet a focused business need. Planning, growing, and supporting a business is a transferable skill that can be learned through coaching. Whether you are an established business person or just starting out, The Alternative Board can help.
With mentoring, the emphasis tends to be on the mentee to guide the learning process. They need to identify a mentor and approach them to see if they are willing. A mentor is someone who has a broad range of skills and experience to pass on over a long period of time.
Mentoring tends to be about personal development, although the skills learned may have a positive impact on professional circumstances as well. Finding a mentor is easier in an environment that is designed to bring mentors and those who need them together, such as a meeting set up by The Alternative Board.
A little of everything
As is the way with so many things in life, your needs probably fall somewhere between these two. We’re all unique and have individual requirements which invariably change over time. It’s great when you can get custom packages and regular reviews to make sure the services you are investing in are perfect for your current needs. Fortunately, The Alternative Board, is not just another business coach/mentor/program, it is coaching combined with advisory boards which is what makes the real difference to your business. We cover all aspects of supporting you while you grow yourself and your business. Get in touch to find out more.