Summary of Power Mentoring

How Mentors and Protégés Get The Most Out of Their Relationships

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Power Mentoring book summary
A traditional mentoring relationship is one on one, but in "power mentoring" you gain access to an entire network.


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To demonstrate how "power mentoring" works in practice, authors Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy provide down-to-earth interviews with about 50 pairs of high-powered mentors and their protégés. The conversations offer useful nuggets of insight about office politics, job advancement and successful networking. In addition, unlike many books on the topic, this one provides a useful snapshot of the issues, dramas and special challenges women and minorities in the modern workplace face - and the picture is not always pretty. The book’s biggest flaws are its redundancy and use of boardroom clichés. Still, getAbstract recommends this personalized, practical book to potential mentor-protégé teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How "power mentoring" differs from traditional models;
  • How such mentoring can enhance your professional and personal growth; and
  • How to find an appropriate power-mentoring relationship.


"Power Mentoring" and "Traditional Mentoring"
In a traditional mentoring relationship, an established leader guides the career of an apprentice. However, the changing work world, with its longer hours, increased job-hopping and greater diversity, has rendered this old-school model obsolete...
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About the Authors

Ellen Ensher is associate professor of management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Susan Murphy is associate dean of the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute in Claremont, California, and associate professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College.

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