“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself…”  Oprah Winfrey

Mentor or coach – which do you need now to help guide your work, career or Life? Let’s explore what the differences are – and what they might both have in common…


  • Share their experience and expertise to someone less experienced
  • May be technical experts or have significant leadership experience
  • Are role models and politically savvy
  • Often offer career advice and assist in job search
  • Share their network and review resumes
  • Open to long-term relationships


  • Act as thinking partners to brainstorm possibilities and actions
  • Focus on a specific task or performance issue to achieve results
  • Help set goals and hold clients accountable for achieving them
  • Use assessments and tools that focus on competencies, skills, or abilities
  • Provide feedback and ask powerful questions
  • Build short-term relationships

Ideal Common Characteristics:

  • Mentee or client sets goals and meetings, follows up, and takes action
  • Learning occurs with a development focus and invites reflection
  • Relationship is based on trust where confidentiality is maintained
  • “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself…” Oprah WinfreyListening and empathy skills are used
  • Mentee or client leaves motivated!

Find a mentor internal to your organization to help you learn a special expertise or navigate career path choices. Work with a coach for a broader perspective to explore your deepest passions and highest potential…

Better yet… treat yourself to both!