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Managers as Mentors
Finally, a book you can judge by its cover.
The cover artwork for Managers as Mentors, sums up the books content in four simple images. The graphics depict four phases of a pine trees growth, from a seedling to a towering tree. These concepts of growth and development are the focus of Mangers as Mentors, a book that provides the framework for successful mentoring from the perspective of the mentor and the prot�g�.
Managers as Mentors is an invaluable tool for any professional involved in training, management or a supervisory role. Team members will also find the books tips on peer mentoring and self-directed learning helpful for maximizing their professional development and learning.
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In a nutshell: Not all mentors are supervisors, but all effective supervisors should be mentors Mentoring is the part of a leaders role that has growth as its outcome. These two quotes depict the underlying theme of the book mentoring for growth and development.
The year 2000 problem: Managers as Mentors includes chapters that concentrate on todays business trends as well as future concerns. The increasing pace of business, mentoring around equipment, long-distance mentoring and self-directed mentoring are just a few of the future business concerns Bell addresses.
Why its different from the traditional business book: Bells use of a self-assessment tool and real-life examples require the reader to actively participate in the learning process. Bell also adds some light-heartedness to the book by referencing unusual people and characters, such as songs by Bob Dylan, Dr. Seuss poems and anecdotes from Socrates.
An idea to live by: Demonstrate Humility Squared. Bell explains this as, The mentor who steps up to the plate and dramatically demonstrates humility and authenticity is the mentor who nurtures trust Humility does not require you to fall on your sword It means remaining alert to show empathy rather than sympathy. It means working to strip any nuances of rank, power or status from the relationship. Mentoring is about equality, not sovereignty.
Reviewed by Greg Banig, News for a Change staff.