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Managers as Mentors, 3rd Edition by Marshall Goldsmith, Chip R. Bell

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Tool #3Mentoring FAQs

Since this is the “instruction manual” component to this book, we thought it would be helpful to include some of the “Frequently Asked Questions” we get when facilitating workshops on mentoring and coaching.

 

1. What are the challenges of the protégé being mentored by his or her supervisor?

We believe bosses should mentor those who are their subordinates. However, as we earlier stated, it is uniquely challenging carrying out an “insight” goal from an “in-charge” role. Since supervisors typically have a “performance assessor” role, protégés can be more reluctant to take growth-enhancing risks knowing the observer of their mistakes and blunders along the path to mastery will at some point be completing their report card. ...

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