Here’s the deal:
- Mentoring is long-term, coaching is short-term (usually six months to a year)
- Mentoring is full of content that is dependent on the mentor’s life experiences, coaching is a process, it’s content free
- Mentoring is reactive, the mentee has to initiate contact and ask the right questions and coaching is proactive, there are objectives, measures and a determined value of engaging the coach because they are paid. Coaching usually has a set schedule, an agreed upon format and the coach is expert at asking the right questions at the right time.