At Iluminar we like to keep things simple and in so doing, the definition of Coaching employed by the International Coach Federation best fits our experience and understanding:
“partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential”.
Although mentoring uses some of the same skills involved in coaching such as questioning, listening and clarification, it tends to be more focused on a profession or job role. The development path of the person being mentored is usually linked to gaining skills, experience and insight from a mentor who has greater expertise and knowledge in that area of the business or in that job role. Unlike coaching, the benefits of this type of intervention commonly incorporate the provision of advice.