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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 9

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Powerful Practice #4 of Really Great Mentors:

Identify and Pursue Stretch Goals

In Chapter 5, we alluded to the limiting nature of focusing only on avoiding punishments or averting professional pitfalls when professional growth is the objective. The concept that greater risks can yield greater reward is fundamental to the mentoring process. Why take a conservative route when performing in the mentoring role, if protégés often move forward in their careers without receiving the guidance of a mentor? To truly add value, the mentor–protégé relationship should be considering dynamic objectives that would represent a significant advancement ...

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