Essay on Coaching Versus Mentoring

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Critical Comparison of Coaching ‘v' Mentoring

The scope of this assignment is to critically compare and contrast the two approaches, reflecting on the relevance and value of each, to apply this to my organisation where possible and to offer recommendations where appropriate.



Coaching can take many forms, life coaching, business coaching, performance coaching etc. As with mentoring and counselling it is about helping the individual to gain self awareness, but it is goal focused and action is required so that the individual can move forward. The goal setting process has two components: skill development and psychological development. The outcome sought is that the "coachee" will achieve the goals set, and
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Any durable coaching process must contain three elements: managing expectations (the game plan), monitoring performance (watching the play), and giving feedback (time out). Expectations must be agreed upon both in output terms and in terms of the behaviours demanded. The criteria for success must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bounded. (S.M.A.R.T.).
It is important that early on in the coaching relationship ownership of the problem or opportunity passes to the employee. For this reason language such as, "here is what I would like you to do," should be replaced by, "how would you like to address this?" Assumptions of deeply committed self-management from an employee with low self-esteem, however, are akin to building a house on quicksand. (John Burdett, 1998, VOl 17. 2/3).

The Coach does not need to have experience specific to the "coachee's " employment, the coach does not have to be the senior of the "coachee" within the organisation.

The primary goal of any training program is to prepare trainees to perform effectively on a specific post-training task. The trainer usually determines the training agenda, and trainees must adapt themselves to the process and structure of the training. In coaching the client sets the agenda and determines the goals to be achieved (Druckman.D and Bjork.R, 1991). That having been said, many trainers have excellent coaching skills, and coaches can be
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