Coaches, Mentors, and Consultants (oh my!)

I now have my CPC (Certified Professional Coach) designation. I have that because I took the training and passed the certification assessments. And I am proud of it. While I have been offering coaching in addition to mentoring and consulting (I also do training but that isn’t as relevant to this post), some people think they are pretty much synonymous. They aren’t, really. Each serves a different purpose. Coaching is about helping you achieve your (relatively) short-term goals. Quite often, a coaching engagement will last for a block of 3 or 4 or 6 months. That is enough time to … Continue reading

Should You Have A Mentor?

On one of my websites, I have quotes from several successful people extolling the virtue of mentors. In fact, a couple of them pretty much say that if you want to be successful, you should have a mentor. Now, just because somebody (even somebody successful) says something, doesn’t mean that everybody who hears it will run out and do it. So, let’s take a look at it and see if this is something you should do. Most people I talk to fall into one of two camps. Either they understand about mentors and the value of them, or they don’t. … Continue reading