Are coaching and mentoring the same thing?

Coaching is not mentoring. Mentors provide advice and solutions. Coaches ask great questions which prompt the coachee to find their own answers and solutions. Answers and solutions that fit their unique circumstances. 

A mentor uses their own experience, knowledge and insight to guide a less experienced person. Mentoring relationships continue for as long as the mentor and mentee are benefitting from the relationship. Mentors provide advice and guidance as needed over time. 

A coaching assignment is time-bound and objective-driven. A coach is a listening ear and a mirror. A coach provides support and challenge – asking probing questions, provoking sometimes profound ‘lightbulb’ moments.