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What's a mentor? Well, first off, it's totally different to a coach. Let Aimee show you what the differences are leaving you with a clearer idea of who to identify and ask to be your mentor.
Once you’ve decided what direction you want to take your career in and you’ve identified your development areas, then the next step is to put in place a mentor.
Now, throughout my entire career, I’ve always had at least one person that holds me accountable to my development goals. They motivate me. They guide me and they share their experience and pearls of wisdom with me.
Now, Eric Parsloe, the Author of Coaching and Mentoring: Practical Conversations to Improve Learning, he describes mentoring as (and I love this)
"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be."
Sometimes people get mixed up between what a mentor is and what a coach is.
So, put simply, mentoring isn’t focused on specific skills and actions to improve them -- it’s more about overall development.
Mentoring is more relationship-based rather than performance-based: So, the mentor shares their own personal experiences, insights and knowledge with the mentee.
Let’s look at the differences in a little more detail. So with a mentor you’ve got an ongoing relationship that lasts a while. Whereby with a coach, it tends to be more of a short term thing.
With a mentor, it’s more informal because you’re building a trusted relationship, whereas with a coach, it tends to be more structured.
With a mentor, they take a long term, OK a broader view of the person. Where as with a coach it’s more short term and they focus on a particular development need.
Now a mentor is going to pass on their experience and they tend to be a little more senior or experienced than you. Where as with a coach, they don’t even have to have experience in that topic. They’re supporting you on this.
Now mentors, they focus on your career and your personal development as a whole. Where as, with a coach, like I said, they focus on immediate goals. So in summary, the benefits of having a mentor, you’ll be getting bespoke support with your professional development. You’re going to have someone support you with their no-how experience. They’ve been there, they’ve done it. And my favourite. You’re going to have someone you are accountable to. Someone who is going to make you, take responsibility for you.
This insight video is part of the Finding and Benefiting from a Mentor course.