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Both coaching and mentoring assist you in achieving your full potential. Both disciplines share similarities as they;
- Facilitate exploration of your needs, motivations and desires, as well as skills and thought processes to help you make real, lasting change
- Use questioning techniques to aid thought processes, in order to identify solutions and actions, rather than taking a wholly directive approach
- Support you to set appropriate goals and understand methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals
- Observe, listen and ask questions to understand your situation
- Maintain unconditional positive regard for you, which means that the coach is at all times supportive and non-judgemental of you, your views, and aspirations
The main differences are:
Coaching is a short term relationship - on average no more than 6 one hour sessions, which are focused on a goal to move forward. The coach is usually outside your professional area. Typical issues that are brought to coaching include
- confidence building
- management issues
- relationship difficulties
- career dilemmas
- assertiveness or
- general stress
Mentoring is a longer term relationship usually with someone more senior or more experienced within your professional field or role. The focus is to provide support and guidance for your developing or settling into a new role, improving your work performance, taking the next step in your career, leadership & management development.
The common theme uniting our coaching & mentoring services is that it offers the coachee/mentee a confidential space for personal and professional development with the aim of improving their work performance and work–life balance through reflection and action.
Are you a providing mentoring to staff or would you like to? We are inviting staff who are interested in being a Workplace Mentor to get in touch with the Organisational Development Team. Training and development is available to staff wanting to become a BTH Workplace Mentor. Email Jane Crompton, L&D Manager - Leadership to express an interest.