Rod offers mentoring services for lawyers and business operators. He also provides coaching services.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN – A TRAINER, A COACH AND A MENTOR?
The roles of a mentor are often confused with the role of an Trainer or a Coach but each has a different objective.
This diagram shows you the relationship between the three roles:
A TRAINER is someone who teaches you the required skills knowledge or behaviours for a particular job.
A COACH is someone who assists others in the specific skills they need in order to do their job or achieve a goal.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A COACH:
• A tutor
• Someone who observes your work and actions
• Provides comments on execution and teaching skills
• Can be a colleague, manager, another employee or external consultant
• Trustworthy and open to feedback
• Focus on helping the person to develop their own strategies
• Check that you are addressing a real issue
• Keep the strategy and operational issues as the core of the conversation
• Refers people with major personal problems to a qualified counselor
A MENTOR is someone who offers knowledge, insight, perspective or wisdom that is especially useful to another person (the mentoree). They provide support, encouragement and opportunities to a less experienced individual to assist them in defining and reaching their career or personal goals.
Mentors may do some coaching and training, but that is not the primary role of a mentoring relationship.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A MENTOR:
• A counsellor
• Provides advice on career paths
• Discusses developmental opportunities
• Advises on the requirements of becoming a leader
• Usually someone from senior professional or management background
• Has broad experience in the type of organization involved
• Mutual respect between mentor and mentoree must be evident