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The Mentee's Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You

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Praise for The Mentee's Guide

"The Mentee's Guide inspires and guides the potential mentee, provides new insights for an adventure in learning that lies ahead, and underscores my personal belief and experience that mentoring is circular. The mentor gains as much as the mentee in this evocative relationship. Lois Zachary's new book is a great gift."

—Frances Hesselbein, chairman and founding president, Leader to Leader Institute

"Whether you are the mentee or mentor, born or made for the role, you will gain much more from the relationship by practicing the fun and easy, A-to-Z principles of The Mentee's Guide by the master of excellence, Lois Zachary."

—Ken Shelton, editor, Leadership Excellence

"With this deeply practical book filled with stories and useful exercises, Lois Zachary completes her ground-breaking trilogy on mentoring. Must-reading for those in search of a richer understanding of this deeply human relationship as well as anyone seeking a mentor, whether for new skills, job advancement, or deeper wisdom."

—Laurent A. Parks Daloz, senior fellow, The Whidbey Institute, and author, Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners

"Lois Zachary and Lory Fischler's book confirms the importance of providing newly appointed leaders with the support and tools they need to maximize the learning opportunities available through a mentoring relationship. Principals and vice-principals in Ontario currently value Zachary's books on creating a culture of mentoring and her guide for mentors in facilitating effective relationships. This new resource completes the collection and provides a comprehensive resource for establishing successful mentoring programs."

—Joanne Robinson, senior consultant, Education Leadership Canada

"Lois Zachary understands the essence of mentoring. Her new book, written with her associate, Lory Fischler, is another great tool for me as a leader, working with mentoring every day, always looking to make the relationships more effective. Successful mentoring is not about a cup of coffee now and then; it is a real, committed relationship with clear expectations on both sides."

—Pernille Lopez, president, IKEA US

"A leading authority on mentoring, Lois Zachary writes with the clarity of purpose and generosity of spirit that animate successful mentoring relationships. Based on solid research, her book presents useful exercises and juicy, real-life examples that will help you make your time as a mentee wonderfully productive and affirming."

—Sheila Grinell, president and CEO emeritus, Arizona Science Center

"This easy -to-read, highly practical and reliable book teaches lessons that lead to successful mentoring in cross-cultural and international environments."

—Eric Ng, president, ESSN International Pte Ltd, Training & Consultancy Services

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. PREFACE
    1. AN INVITATION TO EXERCISE YOUR VOICE
    2. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. THE AUTHORS
  8. CHAPTER 1 - THE POWER AND PROCESS OF MENTORING
    1. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT GOOD MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS
    2. THE POWER OF MENTORING
    3. THE PROCESS OF MENTORING
    4. MENTORING CAN HAPPEN ANY TIME AND ANY PLACE
    5. IS MENTORING RIGHT FOR YOU?
  9. CHAPTER 2 - PREPARING YOURSELF TO MAKE THE MOST OF MENTORING
    1. MENTORING: A REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
    2. CREATING A PERSONAL VISION
    3. HOW YOU FUNCTION IN A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP
    4. KNOWING YOUR LEARNING STYLE
  10. CHAPTER 3 - FINDING AND GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MENTOR
    1. CHOOSING A MENTOR: A CRITERIA-BASED DECISION-MAKING MODEL
    2. GOING THROUGH THE STEPS
    3. TALKING WITH POTENTIAL MENTORS
    4. MAKING YOUR FINAL CHOICE: SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
    5. PREPARING THE RELATIONSHIP
  11. CHAPTER 4 - ESTABLISHING AGREEMENTS WITH YOUR MENTOR
    1. SMART GOALS
    2. SUCCESS CRITERIA AND MEASUREMENT
    3. ACCOUNTABILITY ASSURANCES
    4. PROTOCOLS FOR ADDRESSING STUMBLING BLOCKS
    5. MENTORING AGREEMENT
    6. MENTORING WORK PLAN
  12. CHAPTER 5 - DOING THE WORK
    1. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MENTORING TIME
    2. KEEPING THE FOCUS ON LEARNING
    3. GETTING THE SUPPORT, VISION, AND CHALLENGE YOU NEED
    4. MAINTAINING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MENTOR
  13. CHAPTER 6 - COMING TO CLOSURE WITH YOUR MENTOR
    1. WHY CLOSURE IS OFTEN A CHALLENGE
    2. WHAT YOU MISS WITHOUT CLOSURE
    3. HOW TO PLAN FOR CLOSURE
    4. CLOSURE CONVERSATIONS
    5. WHEN IT’S TIME FOR CLOSURE
  14. CHAPTER 7 - MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM MENTEE TO MENTOR
    1. THE ROLE OF MENTOR
    2. ARE YOU READY TO MENTOR?
    3. MAKING THE TRANSITION
  15. APPENDIX - DIGGING DEEPER: AN ANNOTATED LIST OF HELPFUL RESOURCES
  16. REFERENCES
  17. INDEX