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Coaching and mentoring are different.
Anyone can use a friendly ear, voice of reason, motivation for empowerment. If someone has been where you been or going where you are trying to go, its nice to know that there are people out there like you and that you are not alone. Its good to have a support system for the good, bad or otherwise.
Its the little things that keep people going, the change to see things in a fresh light.
Report Kim's answer
And that support (coaching or mentoring) helps mentally and emotionally. Those things are needed for success and what people deem as their definition of success.
Report Kim's answer
Thank you Kim for your answers, any other answers available on this question.
Report Mahesha's answer
Anytime Mahesha :).
Report Kim's answer
Both coaching and mentoring are different and purpose are different.
why do you need is decided by the result you have in your life and results that you want to get in life.
feel free to reach out.
Report Raakesh's answer
Virtually all entrepreneurs fail to ask themselves the truly difficult questions holding back their business. A mentor should be able to dig down, find those holes and help you plug them.
Report MM's answer
Entrepreneurs really need both coach and mentor to survive in their business because only those who have fall into the pit of lion can say how deep is it and how fearful the lion is. And to choose a mentor or coach, he or she must pass out of what you are about to fall in so as to analyse all the difficulties ahead for you.
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I have been mentoring startups and SMEs and now on way to obtain my Coach Certification from ICF. I had same question before i decided to become a Coach and coaching is different. Coaching is a very structured process.
Work with both and experience the difference :)
Report Mona's answer
I don't know that you necessarily need coaches and mentors to succeed. However, the benefits of having a "tribe" that you can connect with and gain advice from is a serious advantage.
I think that the most amazing thing that a mentor can provide someone is perspective. Analyzing and thinking about one's situation from a different and perhaps more "experienced" perspective.
Coaches help provide positive motivation and direction so one can progress and become a better version of themselves. You can find coaches in many places- from your bosses to even the clients you serve. As long as you are open and requesting honest feedback and take appropriate action and consideration of the feedback, then coaching relationships can be another massive advantage.
Third, consider sourcing sponsors. These are people who would vouch for your talent, and recommend you to others.
Again, you're in a much better position if you have a healthy balance of all 3 in your life.
Report Robyn's answer
I had two mentors at key points in my business career. They were a combination of technical, management and communications talent, rarely found in high tech industry.
Neither placed salary, position or ego ahead of developing their subordinates and each reached the pinnacle of their respective careers for exactly that trait.
Their skills at developing and utilizing people were their most highly valued qualities.
I owe my survival in a very hectic environment to those two and much of my ability to guide and counsel individuals as well as communicate effectively springs from their legacy of guidance.
Report Kenneth's answer
Some people have all the confidence in the world, can learn things on their own, are not afraid of mistakes, pick themselves up after a fall and proceed towards their goal - all without any support.
However, most of us are not in that elite category, and feel afraid at times, cannot see the full picture by ourselves , feel disheartened after a mistake or a failure or event events beyond our control.
We need a mentor or mentors; as well as a coach to help us be the success we are meant to be. As mentioned, mentors are coaches are different. A mentor is someone I can look up to, give me some time of their life to hear me out, tell me that I am not all that off the track, and perhaps give me a few tips. The gentle pat on the back, a gentle nudge or even an outright push gives me the impetus to do better, to get up from the ground and run again.
A coach is not necessarily a star player. We have great coaches who have not been MVPs or top goal scorers or great batsmen; but they have the analytic ability to go deeper into technique and help the player succeed. Similarly in business, a coach can help iron out kinks and improve style. Unlike mentors, I personally think, one should find and stick to one coach - at least for one area of expertise. I may look for a Finance coach in addition to a coach to help with strategy.
Now whether you want or need a Mentor or a coach, and at what stage is completely at the entrepreneurs discretion. While I do feel having one or more mentors is always good, hopefully the mentor can guide you to a coach if you need one.
I think even the lucky ones - the ones who can get by without mentors and coaches, would feel that additional reassurance, the extra wind in their sail, with the right mentor.
Report Vijay's answer
Having a mentor is a huge part in your career. Working with someone who has walked in the path which you are taking is essential.
I currently have a mentor who I can bounce Ideas off of, call for personal advice, and utilize for support day to day. This is not always the case. Some times you can have separate mentors for different situations.
I would suggest starting with someone in your organization who has experience in different facets of your business. Request a quick call. Most people are flattered to be look at as a mentor and will be excited to help.