The Art of Mentoring: Lead, Follow and Get Out of the Way

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"The Art of Mentoring covers some of the more contentious mentoring issues in organizations today: helping the new employee master the work and unspoken rules, improving interpersonal skills, dealing with job dissatisfaction, workaholism, cynicism, and the lack of motivation" (preface). It shows how to foster a mentoring culture in which people are rewarded for helping each other succeed. As one reader wrote, "Although an easy read because of her story telling style, Peddy provides her readers with hard-won insights into the culture of organizations and the role of mentoring relationships in this age of disposable employees." These insights come through the story of Rachel Hanson, an organizational consultant for Perry Winkle Enterprises (PWE), sent as temporary marketing manager to To Your Health (TYH) a recently acquired subsidiary whose sales have been dropping. Her assignment is to assess the reasons for the decline, see if it can be turned around, and decide which of the five marketers should be retained and which terminated or reassigned. She decides to focus on mentoring as a potential solution for all. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. As a temporary manager, she encounters a variety of problems in an atmosphere in which employees feel unappreciated by management, threatened by the takeover, hostile, and even indifferent. Through this story line the reader will discover the four purposes of mentoring, the process of redesigning a job, how to deal with difficult employees, when and how to use straight talk, how to counsel, advise, and help another succeed, as well as ten principles that every mentor should practice and ten that every person being mentored needs to remember. Booklist calls it, " Thoughtful...accessible...entertaining." Still, another reader says it is a "must read" for leaders in his organization.

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The first edition of The Art of Mentoring was meant for managers, human resources professionals, and training consultants whose organizations were involved in mentoring. Before long, it found a large audience among personal coaches and people who wanted to use its practical insights and ideas to improve their lives at work and at home.

This second edition contains two totally new chapters on "being mentored." The reader learns a complete process for establishing a mentoring relationship, the stages of a mentoring relationship, how to get the most from that relationship and pitfalls to avoid.

In addition, Dr. Peddy explains the four purposes of mentoring: wisdom, judgment, resilience and independence. We believe readers will find this book an indispensable guide to enhancing the mentoring relationship.

From the Author:

Some people have asked me why I write novels instead of the standard "how-to" books. In his powerful book How to Argue and Win Every Time attorney Gerry Spence explains, "Storytelling has been the principle means by which we have taught one another since the beginning of time." What is mentoring but one person sharing the wisdom gained from experience with a willing and eager student? One advantage I find in writing a novel is that it allows my characters to raise all the typical objections to the advice they are given and the narrator to respond in a helpful way. Like my first book, Secrets of the Jungle, Art is meant to be practical and immediately useful.

People learn in different ways. Some people enjoy stories; others prefer their information in a more structured form. Those who prefer structure should focus on "Notes to the Mentoring File," key summaries at the end of most chapters. These may be accessed easily through the "Contents." Whatever your choice, I know you will gain practical insights and ideas from reading this book. If you would like to contact me directly, my e-mail is success@bullionbooks.com. I'd love to hear from you. Keep shining. Shirley

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