Coaching is a form of development in which a person called a coach supports a client in achieving specific personal or professional goals. Coaching differs from mentoring in that it focuses on specific tasks or objectives, as opposed to general development goals.
Coaching describes the process of transporting executives from where they are to where they want to be.
Mentoring refers to a face-to-face learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. It is a process for the transmission of knowledge, social capital, and psychosocial support relevant to professional development.
The focus of mentoring is to develop the whole person using broad techniques that require wisdom in order to be applied appropriately.
Facilitation is typically intended for organisations, groups, or task teams. Group sizes can vary from a handful to a few hundred participants. It addresses the group’s purpose, tackling relevant past, present and future issues in the process. Facilitation services are generally project-based and are conducted through meetings and workshops. Typically, a facilitator takes a more active role than a coach, yet remains neutral in facilitating the transformation process.