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Now in its second edition, this guidebook by Peter Wilson, chairman of the 20,000-member Australian Human Resources Institute, remains the established go-to resource for mentors and those they mentor. Organizations depend on it when they set up mentoring programs, since today’s employees expect mentoring as a basic job benefit. Wilson’s manual features a fascinating historical review of mentoring, a comprehensive, detailed background overview of mentoring and easy-to-apply, how-to guidance. getAbstract recommends Wilson’s classic to everyone involved in mentoring. It will also serve those whose organizations might wish them to become mentors or who might seek mentoring. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • What strategies will help you get the most from mentoring and be effective as a mentor and as a mentee,
  • How mentoring differs from coaching, and
  • How the four phases of mentoring proceed.

About the Author

Peter Wilson, national president (chairman) of the Australian Human Resources Institute Ltd., is secretary-general of the World Federation of People Management Associations.



Ancient Mentoring

Homer’s Odyssey relates that when Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan Wars, he entrusted his son Telemachus to his best friend, Mentor. He asked Mentor to teach Telemachus to fulfill his adult duties as king. Mentor helped Telemachus develop his “longer-term career potential.”

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