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017: What’s the difference between a mentor and a coach?

On this new episode of Everything Speaks, Jerry Ervin, President and CEO of Paragon Strategies, returns to talk with Lee Caraher about two very important roles in everyone’s career: mentor and coach. Ervin, a management training expert, discuss the difference between the two roles, and why you need both of them.

The number one thing millennial asks in a job interview is, “When do I get a mentor?” so it’s critical to understand how these roles can help you. Find out when you need a coach and when you need a mentor.  Find out how not to confuse the roles of mentor and parent. And importantly, find out what not to ask your mentor or coach.

Key Lessons Learned

  • Find a coach when you need to build skills and knowledge.
  • Find a mentor to help you with your career path.
  • You need to define the mentoring or coaching relationship up front.
  • Determine the length of time of the relationship, the goals for the relationship, and how you will work together.