What’s The Difference Between Coaching, Mentoring and Managing?

[ Blackboard Fridays Ep. 103 ]
by Jacob Aldridge Published

As an international business coach of some acclaim, I do enjoy the opportunity to share some coaching skills through #BlackboardFridays. After all, we're constantly told that "Coaching" is a necessary skill for the modern business leader

But it's not the *only* skill that you need to manage your team. And sometimes, like a spoon in a swordfight, it's the wrong instrument to bring.

As a leader, you are also likely a Mentor to your team - someone who has walked the path before and can provide specific guidance as a result. (Remember from Episode 16, that the pure coach asks questions and knows nothing.)

Perhaps most importantly, you are also a Manager to your team. Sometimes they absolutely need coaching and personal development ... sometimes they need a swift kick in the backside.

So what's the difference between Coaching, Mentoring, and Managing your Team? And how do you know which approach is required?

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Over the past 12 years, more than 300 active growth businesses in Australia, the UK, and Asia-Pacific have worked with Jacob in his role as an international business coach, partner and advisor.

As Director of Advisory at businessDEPOT, Jacob continues to work one-on-one with SME businesses and directors, while also leading the development of our Strategic Advisory services across Workshops, Group Programs, and Online business guidance.

Jacob's alumni clients and those who have attended his presentations describe him as the smart and quirky business guy who makes genuine change happen. He brings business experience that impacts both profit and valuation, plus a unique energy borne from the belief that business is best when it's fun.

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