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9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors: How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone by Vincent D. O'Connell, Stephen E. Kohn

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CHAPTER 7

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Powerful Practice #2 of Really Great Mentors:

Initially, Explore Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Different protégés will have different motivations to engage in a mentoring relationship. Mentors can never begin a relationship with a protégé with presumptions about what the best outcomes will be for that individual. It is best to start with an open slate, and let the story unfold about just what the protégé’s motivation is to learn and receive guidance from you as a mentor.

Certainly, both immediate and longer-term goals are important for the mentor to identify—at some point. But in the initial stages of the relationship, the focus ...

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