I like knowing the precise differences betweens words and ideas, especially if I can put them into a framework.

Imagine my delight, then, when Andrew Holland clarified for me the difference between mentoring and coaching:

  • Mentoring is guiding someone along the same journey you’ve taken
  • Coaching is helping someone find their way on the journey they’re taking

Coaching is an incredible skill. I have great respect for it, and indeed I do some of it when consulting.

But mostly, I’m a mentor. I’m good at communicating where I’ve been and the things I’ve observed. That’s why I don’t do life coaching – I leave that to the pros, like Andrew.

Which are you?