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The Mentoring Manual

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The Mentoring Manual

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Being a Better Mentor

Pearson Education (USA),

15 minutes de lecture
6 points à retenir
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A mentoring and coaching expert provides a detailed, step-by-step manual about how to create a workplace mentoring program.

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  • Comprehensive
  • Analytical
  • Applicable


Mentoring and coaching expert Julie Starr calls her book a manual, and that’s exactly what you get: a guidebook chock-full of tables, charts, diagrams, exercises and steps. She also offers a slew of accompanying resources and tools on her website. Thorough and prescriptive, Starr leaves no prospective mentor with any doubt about what to do to build a good mentor–mentee relationship. Much of Starr’s advice might seem intuitive: listen carefully, build trust and don’t try to solve mentees’ problems for them, but it will surely get any new mentor off to a solid start.


Mentors should guide mentees but shouldn’t take responsibility for their growth.

The mentor–mentee relationship – typically characterized as a wise older person guiding a younger one – dates back thousands of years, all the way back to Homer’s Odyssey, in which a man named Mentor helps Odysseus throughout his journey. Modern books and movies often feature the relationship, such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, and Gandalf and Frodo in Lord of the Rings.

Reflecting a core distinction of the mentor–mentee relationship, mentors often benefit, but a good mentor places the focus on counseling the mentee through challenges and helping the mentee attain his or her own goals. Mentors benefit from the relationship by consolidating their knowledge, honing their leadership skills and gaining the personal satisfaction of giving back. Mentees gain by learning from the mentor’s accumulated experience and closing knowledge gaps.

Mentoring offers a good solution when a mentor has information or a perspective that a potential mentee needs in order to reach a defined goal. The mentor...

About the Author

Julie Starr is a consultant specializing in coaching, mentoring and personal development.

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