WHAT I DO

As a business owner or leader, you are the one taking the key decisions what will determine whether the business is a success or a failure. You cannot be an expert on all aspects of the business, or have the answers to every challenge. There will be times when you are uncertain which route to take and need someone with who you can talk through your ideas, concerns or plans. This is when a business coach and mentor, like myself, can be invaluable.

Running a business, whether large or small, is time-consuming. Owners, executives or managers don’t often get a chance to step back and identify the issues or the improvements that need addressing. All too often they concentrate on the urgent matters, instead of the important issues; I help you focus and prioritise.

I work with you to solve, or see, a different perspective of the issues and the obstacles. Unlike consultants, lawyers, accountants and friends, I am not personally involved with your business. Instead, I bring an unbiased view and perspective to assist you.

Ultimately, my role is about supporting and motivation you in a non-threatening way and in an informal environment, so you can feel encouraged to discuss your needs and circumstances openly and in confidence. Simultaneously, I draw on my coaching and business experience; allowing for an outcome that has been well discussed, analysed and thought through.

 

CoachingMentoringConsultingTherapy
Is future-focused and aimed at understanding barriers to goals and designing strategies to eliminate those barriersHelps mostly to assist clients who need answers or to gain knowledge, from someone with experience in the fieldDeals mostly with problems and seeks to provide information/expertise to solve themOften deals with a person’s past and any trauma to seek healing
Equal Partnership (Client has the answers; Coach assists Client in self-discovery)More Experience – Less Experience Relationship (Mentor has the answers)Expert – Consultant has the answersDoctor – Patient Relationship
Assumes emotions are natural and “normalises” themIs limited to emotional response within the mentoring parametersDoes not normally address or deal with emotionsAssumes emotions are a symptom that something may be wrong
Coach stands with client and helps identify challenges, and works with client to turn the challenges into victories, to reach goalsMentor allows client to observe behaviour, offers advice, answers questions, provides guidance for the stated purpose of mentoringConsultant stands back, evaluates a situation, then tells client what the problem is and how to fix itTherapist diagnoses, then provides professional expertise to provide a path to healing
I can help you find the answersMy experience is…”This is how i did it”I know how. This is what you are paying me to tell youI know how to guide you

 

This graph above demonstrates how my coaching & mentoring differs from other approaches

The fundamental principle of coaching is that it is question based. Although beneficial, the coach does not need to have any specific ‘sector’ experience but instead needs to be skilled in extracting all the various options available to you through questioning, and encourage you to select the option you feels best fits the issue. As a result, you take ownership of the exercise because your commitment to action is based on your own conclusions.

As a coach, I can stand apart from the issues you are experiencing in your business and help you see it from a different perspective, while guiding you to self-discover the solution; I provide encouragement, diagnosis, directions (goal setting) and feedback.

In contrast, mentoring is solutions-based. Because the solutions to an issue are identified and presented by the mentor, it is much faster paced than coaching. The mentor is able to guide the conversation in a manner that will enable you to profit from the mentor’s experience in the context of the issue.

Mentoring is the transfer of my knowledge, or professional experience, to you. This allows you to advance your understanding or achievement. I make use of modelling, being supportive and introducing you to people who can assist you.

Traditionally, because of the intrinsic need for the mentor to draw on the experiences that have shaped his business life, to demonstrate relevance to the situation you are in, it is likely that the mentor will need to have substantial experience across a wide range of business matters and likely needs to have been a CEO or MD of various businesses.

There are times when mentoring is required and there are times when a coaching conversation is called for, when my professional experience and beliefs are not what’s required, and can even get in the way. In times like these, my goal is to facilitate you through a process of self-discovery.

The difference between these two situations is significant, and they require very different conversations.

As a business owner or leader, you are the one taking the key decisions what will determine whether the business is a success or a failure. You cannot be an expert on all aspects of the business, or have the answers to every challenge. There will be times when you are uncertain which route to take and need someone with who you can talk through your ideas, concerns or plans. This is when a business coach and mentor, like myself, can be invaluable.

Running a business, whether large or small, is time-consuming. Owners, executives or managers don’t often get a chance to step back and identify the issues or the improvements that need addressing. All too often they concentrate on the urgent matters, instead of the important issues; I help you focus and prioritise.

I work with you to solve, or see, a different perspective of the issues and the obstacles. Unlike consultants, lawyers, accountants and friends, I am not personally involved with your business. Instead, I bring an unbiased view and perspective to assist you.

Ultimately, my role is about supporting and motivation you in a non-threatening way and in an informal environment, so you can feel encouraged to discuss your needs and circumstances openly and in confidence. Simultaneously, I draw on my coaching and business experience; allowing for an outcome that has been well discussed, analysed and thought through.



Coaching
Is future-focused and aimed at understanding barriers to goals and designing strategies to eliminate those barriers
Equal Partnership (Client has the answers; Coach assists Client in self-discovery)
Assumes emotions are natural and “normalises” them
Coach stands with client and helps identify challenges, and works with client to turn the challenges into victories, to reach goals
I can help you find the answers



Mentoring
Helps mostly to assist clients who need answers or to gain knowledge, from someone with experience in the field
More Experience – Less Experience Relationship (Mentor has the answers)
Is limited to emotional response within the mentoring parameters
Mentor allows client to observe behaviour, offers advice, answers questions, provides guidance for the stated purpose of mentoring
My experience is…”This is how i did it”



Consulting
Deals mostly with problems and seeks to provide information/expertise to solve them
Expert – Consultant has the answers
Does not normally address or deal with emotions
Consultant stands back, evaluates a situation, then tells client what the problem is and how to fix it
I know how. This is what you are paying me to tell you



Therapy
Often deals with a person’s past and any trauma to seek healing
Doctor – Patient Relationship
Assumes emotions are a symptom that something may be wrong
Therapist diagnoses, then provides professional expertise to provide a path to healing
I know how to guide you

This graph above demonstrates how my coaching & mentoring differs from other approaches

The fundamental principle of coaching is that it is question based. Although beneficial, the coach does not need to have any specific ‘sector’ experience but instead needs to be skilled in extracting all the various options available to you through questioning, and encourage you to select the option you feels best fits the issue. As a result, you take ownership of the exercise because your commitment to action is based on your own conclusions.

As a coach, I can stand apart from the issues you are experiencing in your business and help you see it from a different perspective, while guiding you to self-discover the solution; I provide encouragement, diagnosis, directions (goal setting) and feedback.

In contrast, mentoring is solutions-based. Because the solutions to an issue are identified and presented by the mentor, it is much faster paced than coaching. The mentor is able to guide the conversation in a manner that will enable you to profit from the mentor’s experience in the context of the issue.

Mentoring is the transfer of my knowledge, or professional experience, to you. This allows you to advance your understanding or achievement. I make use of modelling, being supportive and introducing you to people who can assist you.

Traditionally, because of the intrinsic need for the mentor to draw on the experiences that have shaped his business life, to demonstrate relevance to the situation you are in, it is likely that the mentor will need to have substantial experience across a wide range of business matters and likely needs to have been a CEO or MD of various businesses.

There are times when mentoring is required and there are times when a coaching conversation is called for, when my professional experience and beliefs are not what’s required, and can even get in the way. In times like these, my goal is to facilitate you through a process of self-discovery.

The difference between these two situations is significant, and they require very different conversations.