Understanding the Difference: Coaching, Mentoring, and Training

In the world of personal and professional development, coaching, mentoring, and training each play unique roles. Understanding these differences can help you choose the right approach for your needs.


Definition: Coaching is a structured process focused on helping individuals achieve specific goals through self-discovery and action planning. It involves asking powerful questions and facilitating solutions.

When to Use: Use coaching when you need personalized support to achieve specific objectives, improve performance, or develop new skills. It’s ideal for enhancing leadership, career progression, and personal growth.

Example: Erickson’s coaching programs, which use a solution-focused approach to drive transformation.


Definition: Mentoring involves a more experienced individual (the mentor) providing guidance, advice, and support to a less experienced person (the mentee). It’s typically a long-term relationship focused on career and personal development.

When to Use: Use mentoring when seeking wisdom and guidance from someone who has navigated similar career paths or challenges. It’s beneficial for career development, knowledge transfer, and personal growth.

Example: A senior executive mentoring a junior manager on career progression and leadership skills.


Definition: Training is a structured program designed to impart specific skills or knowledge. It often involves formal instruction, practice, and assessment.

When to Use: Use training when there is a need to learn new skills or knowledge quickly and efficiently. It’s ideal for onboarding, technical skill development, and compliance requirements.

Example: A corporate training session on new software implementation.

When to Use Each Approach

  • Coaching is best for individualized development and achieving specific goals.
  • Mentoring is suited for long-term career and personal growth through experienced guidance.
  • Training is ideal for acquiring new skills and knowledge in a structured environment.

Blending Approaches

In many cases, blending coaching, mentoring, and training can provide comprehensive development. For instance, an Erickson coach can help you set and achieve personal goals, while mentoring can provide ongoing career guidance, and training can equip you with necessary skills.

Choosing the Right Path with Erickson

At Erickson Coaching International, we specialize in coaching that empowers individuals to achieve their fullest potential. Our programs are designed to complement other development methods like mentoring and training, ensuring a holistic approach to your growth.

Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

Leadership is more than a title; it’s about inspiring and guiding others towards a shared vision. At Erickson Coaching International, we believe that every individual has the potential to be a great leader. Our coaching programs are designed to help you discover and harness this potential.

Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Effective leadership begins with self-awareness. Understanding your strengths, weaknesses, and values is crucial for authentic leadership. Erickson’s coaching programs emphasize self-reflection and emotional intelligence, equipping you with the skills to manage your emotions and understand others better. This foundation allows you to build trust and foster a positive work environment.

Strategic Thinking and Decision Making

Leaders are often faced with complex decisions that require strategic thinking. Erickson’s solution-focused approach helps you develop clarity and creativity in your decision-making processes. By focusing on solutions rather than problems, you can navigate challenges with confidence and inspire your team to do the same.

Effective Communication and Influence

Communication is at the heart of leadership. Erickson coaches teach techniques for effective communication that enhance your ability to influence and motivate others. Whether it’s delivering a compelling presentation or facilitating a difficult conversation, strong communication skills are essential for successful leadership.

Building and Leading Teams

Leadership is not just about individual performance; it’s about building and leading high-performing teams. Erickson’s Team Coaching Certification provides you with tools to improve team dynamics, foster collaboration, and drive collective success. Understanding how to leverage the strengths of each team member and create a cohesive unit is vital for any leader.

Continuous Learning and Growth

Leadership is a journey of continuous learning and growth. Erickson offers advanced coaching programs that keep you updated with the latest in leadership development and coaching methodologies. Engaging with a global network of coaches and participating in ongoing professional development ensures that you remain at the forefront of leadership excellence.

Why Choose Erickson?

Erickson Coaching International stands out due to its comprehensive and accredited coaching programs. Our commitment to excellence, combined with a solution-focused approach, ensures that you receive the best training to unlock your leadership potential.

Start Your Leadership Journey

Embark on your leadership journey with Erickson and transform your potential into impactful leadership. With our expert guidance and supportive community, you can achieve new heights in your personal and professional life.

Exploring the Power of Coaching

Coaching is a transformative process that empowers individuals to achieve their fullest potential, both personally and professionally. At its core, coaching focuses on facilitating self-discovery, setting and achieving goals, and fostering growth through guided conversations and strategic questioning.

Unleashing Potential

Coaching helps individuals unlock their inherent strengths and capabilities. By focusing on solutions rather than problems, coaching encourages clients to envision their desired future and take actionable steps towards it. This solution-focused approach, championed by Erickson, ensures that clients are always moving forward, creating positive change in their lives.

Personal Growth and Self-Awareness

One of the most significant benefits of coaching is the enhancement of self-awareness. Through reflective practices and insightful feedback, clients gain a deeper understanding of their values, beliefs, and behaviors. This self-awareness is crucial for personal growth, enabling individuals to make informed decisions that align with their true selves.

Professional Development

In the professional realm, coaching can lead to remarkable improvements in performance, leadership, and career satisfaction. Coaches work with clients to identify career goals, develop strategic plans, and navigate challenges effectively. This support is invaluable for professionals looking to advance their careers, improve their leadership skills, or transition into new roles.

Enhanced Relationships and Communication

Coaching also significantly improves interpersonal relationships and communication skills. By learning effective communication techniques and developing empathy, clients can build stronger, more meaningful connections with others. This is particularly beneficial in team settings, where enhanced communication can lead to improved collaboration and productivity.

Stress Management and Well-Being

In today’s fast-paced world, stress management is essential. Coaching provides clients with tools and strategies to manage stress, maintain work-life balance, and enhance overall well-being. This holistic approach ensures that clients are not only successful but also healthy and fulfilled.

Why Erickson?

Erickson International stands out in the coaching world due to its commitment to excellence and innovation. With programs accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Erickson provides high-quality training that meets global standards. Their solution-focused methodology ensures that coaches are equipped to drive real, sustainable results for their clients.

Start Your Coaching Journey

Whether you’re looking to become a coach or seeking personal development, exploring the power of coaching can be a life-changing decision. With Erickson’s comprehensive programs and supportive community, you can embark on a journey of transformation and growth.

Why Choose Erickson for Your Coaching Journey?

Choosing the right coaching program is crucial for your success and development as a coach. Erickson International offers unparalleled benefits that make it the top choice for aspiring coaches in Romania.

ICF Accreditation: A Mark of Quality

Erickson’s programs are accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), ensuring you receive training that meets the highest standards in the industry. This accreditation not only enhances your credibility but also opens up global opportunities, as ICF credentials are recognized worldwide.

Solution-Focused Approach: Drive Real Results

Erickson’s unique solution-focused methodology is designed to help clients find actionable solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This approach is highly effective in fostering quick and sustainable transformations, making your coaching more impactful and rewarding.

Global Network and Community

By joining Erickson, you become part of a global network of coaches and alumni. This community provides continuous support, opportunities for collaboration, and access to a wealth of resources, helping you grow both personally and professionally.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Tailored to Your Needs

Erickson offers a comprehensive range of programs, from foundational courses like The Art & Science of Coaching to specialized certifications in Team Coaching and NLP. This allows you to tailor your learning journey according to your career goals and interests.

Experienced Faculty: Learn from the Best

Erickson’s faculty comprises experienced coaches and industry leaders who bring real-world expertise into the classroom. Their guidance and mentorship are invaluable in helping you develop the skills and confidence needed to excel as a coach.

Flexible Learning Options

Understanding the diverse needs of learners, Erickson provides flexible learning options, including online courses and in-person workshops. This flexibility ensures you can balance your professional development with other commitments.

Proven Track Record

With over 40 years of experience and thousands of successful graduates, Erickson has a proven track record of excellence in coaching education. Testimonials and success stories from alumni around the world attest to the life-changing impact of Erickson’s programs.

Cultural Relevance and Adaptability

Erickson’s programs are designed to be culturally adaptable, ensuring that the coaching techniques and methodologies are relevant and effective within the Romanian context. This cultural sensitivity enhances your ability to connect with and support your clients effectively.

Start Your Coaching Journey with Erickson Romania

Embarking on your coaching journey with Erickson means joining a prestigious institution dedicated to your success. Whether you aim to coach individuals, teams, or organizations, Erickson’s programs provide the knowledge, skills, and support you need to make a significant impact.

Choose Erickson and transform lives through the power of coaching.

The ICF Core Competencies: 2021 Update

Following a rigorous analysis process, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has released an updated ICF Core Competency model that is to be officially implemented in accredited coach training programs during early to mid 2021. The updated model reflects the collective insights and wisdom shared by coach practitioners through this comprehensive research initiative.

As of February 1st, 2021, Erickson’s has incorporated the updated Core Competencies into all three of The Art & Science of Coaching programe paths namely the Erickson Solution-Focused Coach Diploma, Certification and the Qualification paths. This means any new series of Modules that began on or after that date are now explicitly training the updated model.

Interested in developing your professional skills as a coach? Discover how Solution Focused Coaching Skills enable you to create transformational change in yourself and others.

Erickson is proud to incorporate the updated model as much of it reflects the essential elements and methods taught in our coach training programs that we have developed over the course of three plus decades of practice, feedback and research.  We believe our coach training standards are one of the highest in the world and that the coaching model we teach exceeds the minimum criteria set out by the ICF.

With this updated model, the ICF aims to address the global shifts in coaching since the initial release of the Core Competencies in 1998. The ICF reached out to subject matter experts in the coaching field, including many practicing Erickson-trained coaches, to discover how the field has evolved and how the core competencies can be improved. From the existing 11 Core Competencies, the ICF has applied this analysis and refined it into 8 Core Competencies that streamline, enhance and provide a more cohesive, succinct list of the fundamental competencies of the coaching process.

The core themes that came out of the ICF’s research and provided a basis for the updates are:

  • That ethical behaviour and confidentiality are paramount
  • Expansion of the coaching agreement (organizational, overall client engagement, session)
  • Enhancement of the partnership concept – client has an equal voice in the process, and there is mutual accountability for coach and client. The coach is accountable for the coaching process, the client is accountable for their own growth.
  • The concept of professional development & reflective practice
  • The integration of client context and culture. This includes their family structures, values, beliefs, and past experiences. Looking at the client from a holistic view.

Four Ways We Sabotage Ourselves and How to Move Forward

What Are Your Inner Gremlins? Do You Know Your Inner Gremlins?

You’ve probably already guessed: We’re not talking about real mischievous gremlins here. Instead, our definition of a gremlin is more of a what than a who.

A gremlin, in coaching terms is a habit that stops people from achieving their goals in business or life. A gremlin is an internal habit or a feeling that seems to run on its own accord-something that rises up and then stops you from taking action on, or completing, a particular phase of a project.

However, gremlin-thinking doesn’t have to win out. When you confront a gremlin and question its validity, you gain the wisdom and learn the lessons needed to bypass it. To start, try asking yourself gremlin-busting questions, like: Where in my life do I suffer from self-sabotaging mechanisms? How will my life change as I learn to let go of these gremlins? Self-sabotaging behavior is one example of a gremlin. Let’s look in details at what the four key gremlins are.

Fear of dreaming

Some people are afraid to even consider their dreams, such as: starting a business or meeting a great partner, training for a marathon. Maybe they don’t believe they have the talent, intelligence or self-worth for these desires to manifest. Often times, past disappointments have been internalized to the point where they become procrastination habits. The result: being afraid to even consider what is possible. People with this gremlin experience their life from this place of loss of choice as if this were their destiny.

People stuck at this stage need loving support to discover their true vision. Working with a supportive coach can clear up the negative activity and inner conclusions around this old fear system. People are often surprised at how quickly they can tune into their dreams and learn to make them real when they shift their focus and begin to see what is possible for them.

Fear of failure

Some people get easily inspired by their dreams and take immediate action. Yet, they have difficulty executing what they start. People with this gremlin can literally be a victim of their own minds by sabotaging themselves with their thoughts and beliefs about their lack of resources, capabilities, and skill requirements.

The fear-of-failure folks need to build the inner conviction that they are capable of making their dream come true. When these people explore their inner values and capabilities, they build clarity around positive imaging and results thinking. They benefit from establishing a micro-visionary practice while seeing what they are building with detailed step-by-step organization. Seeing themselves moving towards a big sales goal through achieving weekly targets begins to build their inner map of success.

Fear of upsetting people

This gremlin develops when people fear the dissatisfaction or rejection of others as they move toward success. People sabotage themselves with these thoughts and beliefs, blaming external conditions for whatever appears to be stopping them. Thoughts such as I can’t do this because of my flawed culture, flawed government, flawed organization, flawed family, flawed relationship grab a person’s attention and result in cynical observation or wait-and-see mode.

To move past this gremlin, these people need to focus on, reach for, and explore what they can control. And we can always control our higher values and whatever we consider meaningful in our lives. Focusing on these deeper values allows for renewed forward movement. Consequently, People who have been stuck with this gremlin will eventually move beyond the pack and the limited system consciousness they’ve settled into by connecting to their authentic, personal values.

Fear of conflict

This is the gremlin that often stops completion of a project. One way this gremlin appears as a fear of expressing authentic values when others might be harmed or claim they’ll be harmed by this expression. Another way this shows up is through time and priority management conflicts. We play it safe and remain in indecision rather than moving forward. Instead of completing something important to us, we don’t find the time. Avoidance becomes the gremlin – true? This is something simple and concrete we can all grasp – also you can have some fun here too… asking your clients…Have you ever tried a little avoidance?

It is only when we declare our deep commitment to our values and learn to move forward courageously, that we can begin to move beyond this gremlin. When people dedicate themselves to focusing on their own inner integrity and alignment with their values, they begin to conduct their lives in a whole new way. They discover a new capacity for independence by sustaining their own authentic values. The person can truly begin to experience high levels of inner trust as well as inner satisfaction. The result is a legacy of purpose that can be passed on and becomes a gift to others. This is the territory of true inner and outer leadership.


The important thing to know is that it is possible and in many cases easy to tame and align your gremlins. How might you begin to apply your newfound awareness of gremlins to support yourself in living the life you love?

What is Solution-Focused Coaching. And what it’s not!

Have you wondered what exactly is coaching? If this is your first experience with the Erickson Coaching International, let’s start off this conversation

As a Master Coach, Marilyn Atkinson (the Founder of Erickson Coaching International) helped us to capture what coaching is all about. Marilyn has been coaching, writing on the subject, and training executive and life coaches for over 30 years in North American and around the world. Marilyn’s definition of what coaches do is very different from the initial perception some people might have. To quote Marilyn:

“Coaches help people discover and live their true purpose.”

“Great coaches recognize that everyone already has the answers and the capabilities to be successful, provided the coach continues to ask the right questions, in the right way and at the right time.

4 Pillars of Erickson Coaching Methodology


Moves your client towards their desired future outcomes, instead of concentrating on past experiences or reasons for present dissatisfaction.


Emphasizes the holistic nature of your client, seeing how positive change can fit into their bigger picture.


Allows you to trust your client’s inner resources and skills, respecting their agenda and future outcomes. Coaching is an advice-free zone.


Pursues transformational change in specific, inspired steps that lead to fundamental shifts in attitude, behavior and habit formation.


What Coaching is not?


It’s not…



Unlike therapists and counselors, coaches don’t focus on the childhood or past experiences that might be the root of the way a person lives or feels. Instead they help their clients get clear on what they want in the future, why they want it, and how they are going to achieve it.


It’s not…


Consultants diagnose the needs of an organization or individual and offer their own solutions based on their specialized expertise to ‘fix’ the problem; solutions which they often implement for the client as well. Coaches use tools and processes to help clients to generate their own solutions and then hold them accountable for following through.


It’s not…

Sports Coach 

Someone new to coaching might hear the word “coach” and think football, but sports coaches generally are in charge, setting the goals and the path to victory. Teaching, correcting, and managing are all skills a sports coach would use. Professional life, business or executive coaching is the opposite; it’s the client who sets the goals.