There is often confusion when trying to distinguish between coaching, training and mentoring and to many of our clients the difference appears to be sufficiently subtle that making any distinction appears to be excessively pedantic.
Because of this our approach is to use whatever techniques and methodology it takes to make you successful.
However it is useful to make some distinction if for no other purpose than for you to be able to describe the service you really want from us. The following are our definitions.
This is a relationship where we help you achieve a defined goal. The relationship can be long or short term but the goal has to be specific, even if it is not necessarily precise, e.g. to grow your company. Many people consider that coaching is all about the coach asking you all the questions. This is not necessarily true. Sometimes life is just too short to ask enough questions to arrive at a workable solution and, if we believe that our experience will shorten the process, we will work with you to create possible solutions. What is constant in definitions is that a coach should increase the capabilities of the client to act independent of the coach.
If we coach you, unless you specify otherwise, we will:-
- Ask you lots of questions.
- Explain and show how things can be done.
- Intervene when we think there is a better way.
- Support and encourage you to achieve your goal.
Mentoring is a relationship that does require formal and identified goals and often responds to the immediate needs of the client. It is a peer to peer relationship founded on trust and confidence. It will by its very nature include aspects of coaching and training many coaching contracts progress into a mentoring relationship once the initial goals are achieved; it is for this reason we offer a combined service unless the client specifically specifies otherwise.
Training is about transferring specific skills and knowledge. The subject matter is defined and the period over which it takes place is fixed. Success is measured when the required information and skills have been adequately explained and demonstrated. Training is not concerned with how well you use the skills and knowledge, it is about transferring them to you.
Consulting, which we also provide, is when you employ us to do a job for you and provide you with a result, for example business analysis. Consulting is very rarely about transferring capability but instead providing advice in the form of a report based on our research and experience.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that our aim is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo
I have been working with Peter in his capacity as a business mentor and coach for nine months. ’s skill and experience have proved invaluable in aiding A1 Risk Solutions Ltd develop a robust business plan which highlighted the future peaks of activity. Having a far-reaching yet flexible plan has enabled the organisation to strategically plan its rapid growth and future needs. Working with Peter has been an absolute pleasure. I have no reservation recommending Peter to any business serious about rapid growth.
Deborah Harrison, Managing Director, A1 Risk Solutions Ltd.