What is the Difference Between Coaching, Mentoring and Advisory?

Coaching, Mentoring and Advisory has their own  skill-set and outcomes for you as a business owner.

Think of  someone who goes to a doctor and the doctors suggests to lose some weight. The doctor is an advisor. They advise you to lose weight, suggest to start walking daily and eat healthier. They might point you in the direction of some great resources or people to see. That’s advisory. Advisory can be a one off, and it may be a specialist like a lawyer or an accountant. They provide advise.

As you continue down your journey of weight loss, you might seek out someone who has done it before, someone who has lost weight and became healthier. They give you the details of how they did it, and provide direction and advice based on what succeeded for them. They might share their favourite runs and walks, recipes and apps to use to keep you accountable. That’s mentoring. Mentoring usually happens within the context of the business and/or industry you operate in.

A coach however, is one who says “let’s do it together”, who provides the environment to find the answers yourselves and who walks the journey with you. A coach is a support and also a challenge as they dig in to ask the right questions to create the success for your business. A coach is a long term commitment to your success.

Author: Tony Curl
Tony Curl is the principal coach at Think and Grow Business, combining 30 years of operational leadership with a business knowledge and network to ensure continued success for his clients. He can help you reach your business and professional goals. Contact him today at 0417 197 149 or tony@tagb.com.au

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