According to Webster's Dictionary "career" is defined as: "a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life; a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling" and "mentor" as: "a trusted counselor or guide" A career is also a journey and we are here to give you council and be your guide along the way.
What is a Mentor? Why are some called Career Coaches?
There is a significant difference between a Coach and a Mentor. Let's take a quick look.
Coaches focus on:
Knowledge and skill development, not on the relationship.
Usually short term.
The coach is usually your boss or supervisor.
Focused on your current job or position.
Performance-based and evaluative. Does performance reviews.
Focused on benefiting the employee.
One can be an effective coach without being a Mentor.
Mentors focus on:
Development through the relationship.
Mentoring relationships usually last for one year, but can be for a lifetime.
Mentors are usually outside the management chain, often external to the organization.
Development-based, not tied to performance reviews.
Relationships are mutually beneficial.
You can't be an effective mentor without also being a good coach.
A Mentor brings all the value of a coach to the relationship, and much more, focusing on your overall life goals, career and success.
A Mentor will help you Rise Above the crowd, and help you achieve and exceed your goals in life.
Chris Crafford - Career Mentor
Chris has deep experience in leading and growing people and teams. His personal focus has been in technology, managing software development and Information Technology teams in a broad spectrum of companies from 10 person start-ups to 80,000 employee corporations.
Chris has used a mentoring approach to management for most of his career and has started taking on independent mentoring assignments over the past 5 years. Through Foundational Advisors he is now making his mentoring services available to one and all. You can see his full bio and endorsements on LinkedIN.
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