Coaching, Mentoring, Consulting-What is the difference between?
PGA Golfers, are just one of the many sports that employ to improve everything from their Golf Swing to their mental attitude. The NFL has coaches for virtually every position from the quarterback on. These NFL Coaches are there to assist and to bring the position player to greater levels of success in their position. From that, we get greater team performance
The same principle applies to Coaching.
Executive Coaching is developing a relationship between a client who has managerial authority and responsibility and a person who uses behavioral techniques and methods, to assist a client in obtaining peak performance in those goals needed to bring themselves, their staff, and the organization to new levels of performance and success.
Business Coaching is no longer reserved for the top leaders in an organization. Business Coaching is engaging in regular structured conversations with a client or a team, within any organization, with the goal of changing long term awareness and behavior to achieve Goals, Objectives that increase the solution set to the success of the team and the organization as a whole. The Coaching Process uses a set of skills in a collaborative fashion to define/re-define a challenge and reach organizational goals effectively, quickly, and cost-efficiently.
Life Coaching has many as many definitions as there are people, but, there are a few common threads that are intertwined in most of these definitions. Life Coaching is a partnering enabling process that helps you explore and solve problems, reach goals in the 3 different spheres of your life. These spheres are Business, Personal, and Family. The Coaching Process will give you results that will leave you more satisfied and engaged in Life. You become “unstuck” in decisions and in all the areas of your life. More accomplishments in the areas of your life that you want them. You will find more meaning, a higher calling and your life will be more full and enjoyable. You will be able to make empowered choices to a more fulfilled life in all areas.
The purpose of Coaching is to help people discover clarify and align the goals of the client to what they want and need to achieve. Coaching helps clients through a process of self-discovery generate strategies and solutions to achieve their goals. The feedback mechanism becomes complete as responsibility and accountability are added to the formula.
Mentoring usually lasts for a much longer period of time then coaching. The mentor may or may not be skilled as a Coach but is a seasoned professional in that field that can pass on specific knowledge, experience, and insight to the Mentoree. The Mentor assists the Mentoree in developing situational and observational skill sets. Mentoring revolves around developing a well-rounded professional and the focus is on their career and personal development within their career. This process focuses on the Mentoree’s total learning and development and is a safe environment for risk-taking with positive feedback and accountability.
Consulting is used when an outside expert opinion or specific advice regarding business decisions, products, markets and/or business practices is needed. They are typically industry-specific or specific to a functional area. Industry-specific may include; products, customer development new market trends, and new market development to name a few. The functional areas may include, but are not limited to; IT, Accounting, Materials, Sales, Marketing Manufacturing and Distribution. Process analysis, efficiency, and cost reduction in manufacturing or product cost are common areas Consultants may advise the client. Consultants also work in the areas of restructuring, M&A and may also develop or help develop corporate strategies and refinement within any area of the enterprise or organization along with Management Change.