There has been a great deal of research done into the different roles of Coaches and Mentors and I think you can simplify much of this as follows.

A coach is required when you would like to accelerate your action through someone holding you accountable around an agreed set of predetermined outcomes over a predetermined time period.

A mentor is required when you would like to accelerate your knowledge by tapping into someone else’s network, experience and wisdom.

Ideally, to achieve high performance, you would work with both or someone that is skilled in both areas.

A coach will use a range of processes, tools and models that have been developed to cause a specific outcome.

A relationship with a mentor is highly personal and based on the knowledge, network, experience and wisdom of the mentor.

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