Being in the positions of having been taught,
coached, mentored and actively teaching,
coaching and mentoring, the Accelerators
Blog in WSJ grabbed my attention.
=While an AWIS presentation spells out some of the
differences out for us, let me offer my two cents–
Sponsor: advocates for us and seeks out positive
experiences for our personal and professional growth.
They can introduce us to key centers of knowledge,
action or influence.
Also, they suggest steps for us to grow and either
deepen or broaden our exposure.
One person in my early career suggested applying
for White House Fellowship. While it was not to
be, the thought, process and mentioning stayed with
Mentor: in addition to the dictionary definition (of
a trusted adviser), they engage in a two-way
collaboration and offer clear-sighted
approach, guidance and perspective in challenges,
strategic thinking and questions to consider.
I like Kate Mitchell’s “composite mentor” concept
as both formal and informal relationships, since
no one person usually has the depth and breadth.
Key to a mentoring relationship is strong,
Ben Huh indicates he finds mentors who offer
“thought processes and view of the world situation”
which come through story telling.
I openly seek and provide signals to colleagues
where each of us considers ourselves in a network.
It is more than that. We leave a lasting impression
on each other, which I sense mentors should do.
Coach: whereas mentoring is often described as
relationship based, coaching seeks to advise and
improve skills and attitudes. Thus it is said while
mentoring is development driven with an agenda,
coaching is performance driven with goals.
It is common that coaches learn from a self-
assessment or helps assess a current situation
and goals to define gaps which to train or inform.
Perhaps, this is where we see coaching being
redefined as a process and a “program” in some
Teaching: delivering knowledge and practical
experiences to help students discover, connect,
and “rewire their consciences” to be able to use and
The subject matter is less relevant than developing
the discovery and connection modes.
However, if you do not use it, you lose it.