A searchlight on Mentoring and Coaching
There is not one single definition for either mentoring or coaching. While some international bodies have released what they call standards, still a commonly accepted international definitions are missing. Based on the guiding principles of the individual practitioners in this profession, there are many definitions which may all be appropriate as long as the coach and the coachee understand it commonly in spirit and text. Fundamentally, trust, relationship and mutual commitment between these two souls are the foundations that works wonders in producing the desired results of the coaching or mentoring intervention. The Oxford dictionary defines Mentor as " a trusted advisor" and Coach as an "Instructor or trainer"
Origin of "Mentor"ing
Mentor is a mythical figure in the Greek epic poem, Odyssey, by Homer. Mentor is the guardian and tutor of Telemachus, whom he raises to manhood while his father is away fighting in Troy. As the story unfolds, Mentor plays a role not only in guiding the protege to manhood, but in peacekeeping, arbitration and preservation of the community. Mentoring: To help the mentee to change something - to improve their performance, to develop their leadership qualities, to develop their partnering skills, to realize their vision or whatever. It always involves a movement from where they are ("Now") to where they want to be ("Where"). Mentoring involves primarily asking powerful and relevant questions, listening with empathy, sharing experience (usually mutually), professional friendship, developing insights through reflection, being a sounding board and encouraging. Mentoring intends to help and support people to manage their own learning in order that may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be and enjoy what they do. Coaching: Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to...
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