Coaching, Consulting, or Mentoring?
The Difference Between Coaching and Consulting (and Mentoring)
I am often asked, “What is the difference between coaching and mentoring, or coaching and consulting?” Indeed, when I first sought a coach, I had the same questions. Below I provide a brief outline of each to help orient you to the coaching relationship. Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions you might have.
|Coaches guide their clients to their own solutions. Coaches work with clients who want a subjective partner to help them enhance their lives through action.||Consultants advise their clients about how to solve problems. They provide a plan for you.||Therapists are experts in medical and behavioral sciences trained totreat diagnosable conditions.||
|Coaches are focused on people. Coaches use questions and reflection to highlight their client’s strengths and areas in need of development;then help theclient uncover their own wisdom and solutions.||Consultants are hired to produce results. A doctor is a type of consultant.||Therapists are licensed professionals who work with clients that need or want professional help towork towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution.||
|Coaches are hired to support the client as they achieve a certain outcome. Coaches use personal disclosure as a tool to catalyze and challenge their clients to do what they don’t want to do so they can be who they want to be.||Consultants are hired to produce a certain outcome with or for you.||Therapists are required to keep their personal feelings & thoughtsremoved.||Helps identify developmental opportunities and “open doors.”|