Mentoring versus Coaching

Mentoring is not the same as coaching although sometimes coaching programs are labeled as “mentoring” and sometimes a mentoring relationship can include aspects of coaching. The key differences relate to the focus and objectives of mentoring as opposed to coaching. Coaching has a clear set of objectives and goals which once achieved brings about a “natural ending” to the relationship/agreement between the coach and the person being coached.

Mentoring is much broader and is related to the whole person and their life, with goals and objectives evolving over time. Iconoclasses claims the major differences between mentoring and coaching relate to focus, role, relationship, source of influence, personal returns and the arena in which mentoring takes place.

Similarly, mentoring is not role modelling. A mentor may be a role model, but a role model is not necessarily a mentor. A role model is a person who serves as a model in a particular behavioural or social role for another person to emulate. Role models can exist outside of a formal relationship. In fact, a person may be a role model to another, without even knowing the person who looks to them for examples of how to behave in a particular social or more formal context.

Iconoclasses Coaching  strongly believe that the physical aspects of sport should never be our only focus. Sport should be “mens sana in corpore sano, a sound mind in a healthy body”, as it can teach us so many things, integrity, perseverance, courage, discipline, values that can be applied to our daily lives.

I believe that sport mentoring is one of the elements that makes us different. It covers both the Mental, Philosophical and Physical approach to sport, and how these values can be successfully applied to everyday life. Incorporating Team building with a difference we can prepare a specific training program for your corporate running or triathlon team – whether they plan to take part in a team relay or any other selected event. Bringing motivation, inspiration, team-work and determination back into the office or work place.