Coaching is a process which includes a coachee who is a willing learner with a desire to achieve a specific outcome. It also includes a coach who skilled and able to employ techniques which provide clarity in thinking, direction and process.
The coach is responsible for actively listening and asking specific questions which will assist in the development of a goal and the pathway to achieving the goal. The coach poses further questions along and acts as a soundboard, assisting the coachee with directionality, process refinement and the measuring of progress.
Through the process of coaching, the coachee will be assisted in taking a desired outcome and developing a series of manageable steps to achieve it. They will be supported through reflection processes and critical thinking, helping them gain greater clarity and insight. The coachee will be in the driving seat through the whole processes and will grow in their capacity to take on greater challenges.
Mentoring is a process which includes a learner, the mentee, and a knowledgeable other, the mentor.
The mentor is responsible for walking alongside the mentee as they take on new and unfamiliar experiences. They are responsible for actively listening and assisting the mentee in analysing the present challenge. The mentor provides clarity, advice and suggestions, drawing upon the insight they themselves have gained from similar experiences. They guide the mentee through reflection in order to refine future practice.
Through the process of mentoring, the mentee will be assisted in viewing their current context and situation with clarity. They will work to further develop their repertoire of knowledge and skills as they themselves take on new opportunities and challenges. They will be guided through reflection and move towards greater competency and confidence in their practice.
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