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2/5/2020Know the Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring | The Center for Corporate and Professional Development | Kent State University1/5KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING ANDMENTORINGPOSTED: JUL. 05, 2017One of the most frequent questions that I am asked as a coachis, “What is the difference between a coach and a mentor?”While the skills required are similar, and both are used asprofessional development tools, the structure and the outcomeare quite different.DefinitionsThe best place to start is a definition of coaching and mentoring.Coaching:The International Coach Federation () definescoaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative processthat inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”Mentoring:A simple, broad definition of mentor is “an experienced and trustedadvisor.” BusinessDictionary.com () definesmentoring as an “Employee training system under which a senior or moreexperienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor, counselor, orguide to a junior or trainee. The mentor is responsible for providing support to, andfeedback on, the individual in his or her charge.”One note of clarification: Whilemany organizations offer in-house mentoring programs, often as part of a leadershiptraining program, it is common for mentees to work with mentors outside theirorganization.SelectionCoaches and mentors can be selected to work with professionals based on their industryexpertise (banking, health care, manufacturing), position expertise (marketing, finance,human resources), skill set (spokesperson, committee chair, conference presenter) or othervaluable expertise that can enhance a professional’s life, like community service or boardservice.The best way to understand how coaching and mentoring relationships are structured is todo a side-by-side comparison:
2/5/2020Know the Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring | The Center for Corporate and Professional Development | Kent State University2/5TopicCoachingMentoringTimeframeRelationship is more likely tobe short-term(up to ± monthsor ² year) with a specificoutcome in mind. However,some coaching relationships canlast longer, depending on goalsachieved.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Mrs. Teves
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Organizational studies and human resource management, Corporate and Professional Development

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