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Business Coach v. Mentor

What is the difference between a business coach and mentor?

I’ve created an infographic below to help illustrate this.

In short, a business coach works with an entrepreneur/business owner at the strategic level of a business, has an established toolkit, strategies, and milestones and applies these to any business regardless of the industry.

A mentor, on the other hand, like those we will have on our platform, has at once a broader and more specific scope. A mentor can give guidance or direction at the broad strategic level, but can also tailor their advice very specifically for the business owner. Rather than have a one-size-fits-all approach, they draw on their own business success in their particular job category, and can give tangible and actionable tips to the mentee that are relevant only to the mentee’s business.

The main benefit of seeking help from a mentor is that it provides an opportunity to meet someone successful in the exact job/industry of the mentee, to ‘pick the brains’ of the mentor on how they got there!

One point I’d like to make is that both are useful to a business, and at Kindred we certainly don’t envisage that having a mentor would replace having a business coach. In fact, in many ways their roles are complimentary. See my infographic below:

business coach v mentor

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