This week, I share my experience with innovation coaching and innovation mentoring in response to questions from a recent blog post.
Over the years, I've talked about and posted many times on mentoring and coaching. Without my early mentor, Bob Davis, I'm convinced by career would not have turned out the way it did. So what is the difference between coaching and mentoring?
A coach provides specific instruction regarding how to improve your performance. For example, a baseball coach will help his team members improve specific functions, like pitching, catching or batting.
A mentoring relationship is less specific and looks more at the big picture. A mentor becomes more of a trusted adviser in areas that can cross personal and professional lines.
Based on my experience, everyone should invest in finding a mentor that can act as that adviser across personal and professional boundaries. The time to look for a mentor is not when things get tough. My advice is to find a mentor before you ne