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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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Mentoring

Perpetuated on a Myth?

Paul W. Combs

Marymount University

“Mentoring,” it is safe to say, has become an established part of the human resource development lexicon. It's an enduring concept: ask any HRD practitioner or practically any professional, for that matter, to define “mentoring” and you'll get a response. With little exception, an experienced person is involved, there's a relationship of some duration between the mentor and the person being “mentored” (a “protégé,” a “mentee,” a “mentoree,” the terms vary), and tellingly, that mentoring is seen as “good.” Where virtually every other aspect of human resources and human resource ...

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