Parsloe and Wray (2000) provide a broad definition of mentoring as ‘a process that supports and encourages learning to happen’. The context of the mentoring may vary: in a business context: as part of an educational or development context: as part of a performance context. It may also be formal, with contracting being involved or informal. Indeed there may be a continuum of formality – informality.

David Clutterbuck speaks about a mentor as being “a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust”

It has been suggested ( Hay (1995: 60) that there are overlaps in the three areas of coaching, mentoring and counselling: with core skills being the most obvious. Whilst J and J Coaching do not provide counselling as part of our services both Jill and Jane are experienced coaches and mentors and as such used to building and maintaining effective relationships required in both these processes.

The focus of J and J in terms of the mentoring relationship would be in relation to this statement from The  Prometheus Foundation:

“A great mentor has a knack for making us think we are better than we think we are. They force us to have a good opinion of ourselves, let us know they believe in us. They make us get more out of ourselves, and once we learn how good we really are, we never settle for anything less than our very best”.