DEFINING MENTORING

The mentoring work I do will involve incorporating many coaching processes as well as drawing on my professional expertise, training and experience in certain areas.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
As a former Executive Director at one of the World's most respected Investment Banks and the most senior trader and risk manager on one of it's highly profitable desks, I bring a great deal of corporate, managerial and trading experience when mentoring clients.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
Many life and executive coaches, therapists and change workers have very little to offer by way of mentoring credentials. With specialist knowledge trading in commodity and financial markets and ongoing demand as a consultant, I incorporate credible mentoring into my work with clients.
UNDERSTANDING THE CLIENT
Unlike coaching, mentoring is not always about attaining specific goals and can encompass a clients more general career and personal development. Therefore a sound understanding of the client and their professional and personal life will be advantageous.
DIFFERENT WORKING RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICS
Traditional coaching and therapeutic relationships often have rigid boundaries and conventions in place that are not adhered to quite so strictly in a mentoring dynamic. Sessions are often less formal and the structure and agenda can be set by the client.

"In many instances the term mentoring better defines the coaching and therapeutic work I do with my clients"

A coach has some great questions for your answers; a mentor has some great answers for your questions

Early on in my role as therapist and coach, I tried to make clear distinctions between how each was defined, in what instances each role was applicable and what I should or should not be doing with clients relative to what they had come to me for. However, as my practice in the City of London grew and I began seeing more clients employed in areas where I not only had knowledge, but had been very successful in, it became clear to me that I could offer more.

With this in mind and when I deemed it appropriate, I began incorporating mentoring into my client sessions identifying it as a way of addressing issues, giving guidance and subsequently making sessions more effective than coaching or therapy as the problems were either obvious or not psychologically caused, but rather the result of inexperience, naivety or lack of fundamental knowledge.