Mentoring: What is it and how is it different from coaching?

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Wendy Axelrod, who is an executive coach, mentor coach and author of a handful of books around mentoring. She shared her thoughts on what mentoring is, how it’s different from coaching, whether it’s appropriate for someone to mentor someone who is older or more experienced than them and what an organization may want to consider if they’re thinking of starting a mentoring program.

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Mentorship is a 2-way Street; Both People Benefit

My local ATD chapter recently piloted a mentoring program for our members. One of the pilot participants, Bethany Kline, had the opportunity to mentor someone and be mentored by another person, which gave her a unique perspective on the impact and benefits of both sides of the mentoring relationship. This week, Bethany (who, last year as a guest on the Train Like You Listen podcast, gave her perspective on the topic: Can Curiosity Be Taught?) shared some of her thoughts and reflections on these experiences, which are captured below:

I recently got the opportunity to take part in ATD Puget Sound’s mentorship program pilot, where I participated as both a mentor and a mentee. I learned firsthand that there are many benefits to participating in a mentorship program, no matter which role you play. From reflecting on the experience, I’m hoping to share the benefits–if you’re on the fence about participating in a mentorship program in your network or at your workplace, I encourage you to give it a go! 

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