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Power Mentoring. How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships

  • ID: 2211117
  • Book
  • September 2005
  • Region: Global
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"A wonderfully useful and readable book about the underacknowledged significance of mentoring."
—Warren Bennis, author, On Becoming a Leader, and coauthor, Geeks and Geezers

"Power Mentoring is the most complete guide I have ever read on how to be or have a mentor."
—Marshall Goldsmith, consultant, coach, and coeditor of Coaching for Leadership and The Leader of the Future

"There are few career relationships as pivotal as the one with a mentor. This wonderful book takes readers deep into the chemistry of the best of these. Full of compelling stories to illustrate its lessons, it is a treasure trove of insights."
—Jay A. Conger, Kravis Professor of Leadership, Claremont McKenna College, and author, Building Leaders

"In Power Mentoring, one finds close–up examples of how mentoring has played an important part leading to individual success. This is one of the most important books on the subject of mentoring to be written in years."
—Henry R. Kravis, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

"Power Mentoring adeptly bridges the academic–practitioner divide by providing practical advice that is firmly grounded in academic research and the authors′ own interviews with an amazing array of power mentors and their protégés. The result is a compelling, accessible, and engaging account of how to create, nourish, and flourish effective mentoring relationships. The book brings mentoring to life, and the reader quickly becomes captivated by the stories and accounts. From Oprah to Spielberg to Welch—who can resist reading this book?"
—Belle Rose Ragins, professor of management, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and coauthor, Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective

"Mentoring is so important for any leader, small business owner, or entrepreneur—this book is a must–read!"
—Charles Segars, head, Fine Living Cable Network, and executive producer of the movie National Treasure

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1 Introduction to Power Mentoring.

Who Are Our Power Mentors and Protégés?

The Changing Career Landscape.

Overview of the Book.

2 The Many Faces of Power Mentoring.

Classic Versus Contemporary Approaches to Mentoring.

The Many Types of Power Mentoring.


3 Mentoring as a Two–Way Street: Benefits of Giving and Receiving.

Give–and–Take in Power Mentoring Relationships.

Road Map to This Chapter.

Meet the Power Mentors and Protégés: Stories of Give–and–Take.

Summary of Benefits for Protégés and Mentors.


4 The Mind of the Mentor.

Mental Models: The Philosophies of Mentoring.

The Mentor’s Attraction to the Protégé.

The Perfect Protégé.

Tests and Challenges.


5 The Protégé’s Perspective: How to Get and Keep a Power Mentor.

Initiation and Attraction.

Developing Trust in the Mentoring Relationship.

Identifying a Power Mentor.

Cultivating the Art of Impression Management.

Developing a Goal–Oriented Attitude.

Forming Connection Strategies.


6 Unlocking the Secrets of Great Power Mentoring Relationships.

Building Blocks of Effective Relationships.

Defining Moments.

Deepening the Mentoring Relationship.


7 Power Mentoring and You.

The Relationship Development Plan.


8 Conclusion: What We Have Learned About Mentoring in Today’s Work Environment.

Turning Everyday Mentoring into Power Mentoring.

What We Know About Effective Mentoring Relationships.

What We Are Still Learning About Mentoring Relationships.

The Lessons of Power Mentoring for Formal Mentoring Programs.

Getting a Formal Mentoring Program Off the Ground.


Appendix A: The Interviewees.

Appendix B: Studying Power Mentoring Relationships.



The Authors.


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Ellen A. Ensher
Susan E. Murphy
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