Mentoring & Coaching
Mentoring and Coaching
Coaching and mentoring both unlock potential within people, but in different ways, I do both with my clients, so it is wise to explain the difference:
It’s lonely at the top! I know because I have previously been the leader and owner of a business. In the corporate world I have also managed a multi-million dollar international project with 13 direct reports and over 100 team members. A mentor is someone, who can help you because they have been there, done it and got the T-shirt, using their own personal experience, including their own ‘mistakes’, which often at the time, were highly costly, but became highly valuable lessons. A good mentor can ensure that their mentee avoids a lot of costly mistakes and trust me I have made my fair share of mistakes in my time. Many years ago, when I was struggling to grow a small business, I read that Richard Branson, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, would typically be working with up to 5 mentors, he spoke about how his vision of Virgin Airlines would never have happened had he not been mentored by Freddie Laker, who had both succeeded and then failed with the first ever independent airline ‘Laker Airways’. A mentor can provide both practical advice, gained from experience as well as building the essential intrinsic belief that an entrepreneur is on the right path to succeed and that they are not alone.
‘The quality of your life’ and ‘the quality of your business reality’ are based on ‘the quality of the questions you ask.’. Unlike a mentor, the role of a coach is not to ‘know the answers’ or even to ‘have some good ideas about the answers’, but through listening, understanding, sharing metaphors, using processes and tools, to help their client find ‘the highest quality questions’. The gateway to unlocking a person’s fullest potential and expanding their awareness comes when they ‘consider different perspectives’ and are ask themselves a question that is of such high quality that the answer and what they need to do or not do is obvious!
If you are blocked in achieving your potential, a coach will help you to identify what is blocking you, if it is a mental or emotional block the client can proceed to move beyond or let go of the block and it may be appropriate for the coach or someone else to help deal with the blockage.
I have learned numerous leading edge ‘mindset tools’ having previously worked for 5 years as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) trainer, followed by 16 years as one of Dr John Demartini’s senior facilitators, faciliatating at over 30 of his reknowned ‘break through experience’ events around the world helping thousands of people to break through the greatest mental and emotional challenges and blockages of their lives!