Are You a Coach or Mentor? Maybe You’re Both

Our Mentoring and Coaching Program augments the career development of key employees targeted for critical roles by matching them to retired, yet successful industry executives willing to remotely coach or mentor. The program also supports key hybrid and remote employees with just-in-time access to retired subject matter experts. We believe this service augments engagement and promotes a continuous learning culture which today’s high-performance hybrid working Gen-Y/Z include in their calculus to remain with an employer.

Understanding the Difference

Coaching: The International Coach Federation (https://coachfederation.org) defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Mentoring: A simple definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” While many organizations offer in-house mentoring programs, often as part of a leadership training program, it is common for mentees to work with mentors outside the mentee’s organization. The BusinessDictionary.com (http://www.businessdictionary.com) defines mentoring as an “Employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor, counsellor, or guide to a junior or trainee. The mentor is responsible for providing support to, and feedback on, the individual in their charge.” 

Whether an employee requires a mentor or a coach, either interaction will require access to a personal sounding board, or advice from a subject-matter veteran. Developing a rising young star through internal resources is the preferred approach, however it is not always possible.

Our coaches and mentors augment a company’s career development program. We recognize the subtle difference of the two advisory roles. The Coaching relationship is more likely to be short-term (up to 6 months or one year) with a specific outcome in mind. However, some coaching relationships can last longer, depending on goals achieved. Whereas, the Mentor relationship tends to be more long-term, lasting a year or two, and even longer.

Our Advisor-On-Call Curators are careful in assessing the potential and interests of our coaching and mentoring advisory team members. We recognize that coaching is more performance-driven, designed to improve the professional’s on-the-job performance. The traditional structure of a coaching role involves regularly scheduled meetings, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. If the coach is a technical subject matter expert, it’s possible their contract will involve intermittent technical advice calls.

The mentor role is more development-driven. Although the mentor considers the mentee’s current job function, they take a more holistic approach to their mentee’s career development. Generally, meetings tend to be more informal, on an as-need basis required by the mentee.

Matching Clients to an Advisor

Your interface with our Advisor-On-Call Curator is straightforward, you tell if you seek to be a mentor or coach. Not everyone has the wisdom to be a mentor, and not everyone has the ability to impart knowledge as a coach. Our advisors are assessed behaviourally for both. We then profile your knowledge and skills, your preferred interaction and the time committment you’re willing to make, including your expected billable.

We identify the relevant candidates through our in-house networks. Candidates undergo a similar analysis which determines their potential for high-performance. For example, if our advisory roster has a former high-performing CFO available for coaching or mentoring, subject to compatibility and client need, the curator will match the CFO with a prospect that benchmarks as a “high potential” for CFO. A curated introductory meeting is held between advisor and client to determine compatability and each other’s expectations. The curator looks after the logistics including the ongoing billing.

Contracting Organizations

Pension & Private Equity Funds Structured Finance/Debt Lenders
Boutique Consulting Firms Small/Medium Enterprises
Development Funds Investment Fund Advisory
Real Estate Owner/Developers Property Services

You are a Coach when You Seek to:

  • Develop raw talent with a specific new skill,
  • Enhance the experienced professional with a new or refreshed skill,
  • Help individuals who are not meeting expectations or goals,
  • Assist managers in coping with large-scale change through a merger or acquisition, like managing new “blended” work teams and adapting to the merging of company cultures,
  • Prepare a professional for advancement in the organization,
  • Improve behaviour in a short period, like coaching an executive to address the Board or stakeholders on a specific topic,
  • Work one-on-one with leaders who prefer working with a coach rather than attending “public” training programs

You are a Mentor when you Seek to:

  • Motivate talented professionals to focus on their career/life development,
  • Inspire individuals to see what is possible in their career/life,
  • Enhance the professional’s leadership development,
  • Transfer archival knowledge from senior to junior professionals,
  • Broaden intercultural or cross-generational ties within the organization,
  • Use the mentoring process as an entrée to succession planning.

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