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Creating a Mentoring Culture. The Organization's Guide

  • ID: 2214685
  • Book
  • May 2005
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In order to succeed in today′s competitive environment, corporate and nonprofit institutions must create a workplace climate that encourages employees to continue to learn and grow. From the author of the best–selling The Mentor′s Guide comes the next–step mentoring resource to ensure personnel at all levels of an organization will teach and learn from each other. Written for anyone who wants to embed mentoring with– in their organization, Creating a Mentoring Culture is filled with step–by–step guidance, practical advice, engaging stories, and includes a wealth of reproducible forms and tools.

"This is a must–read for anyone seeking a rich understanding of how the spirit of mentoring can be truly integrated into an organization. I know of nothing like this book on the market. Zachary has scored another first!"
Laurent A. Parks Daloz, associate director and faculty of the Whidbey Institute

"Successful, sustainable leadership cultures are grounded in a strong, thriving culture of mentoring. This book provides leaders and organizations the tools and inspiration to achieve just that."
Pernille Lopez, president, IKEA North America

"One–stop shopping from A to Z if you want to launch or scale up a mentoring initiative .This guidebook shows how different kinds of mentoring work together for individual development and organizational change. Wisdom and experience are embedded in a wealth of guidelines, checklists, and other tools to walk you through everything you need to know and do to be organizationally successful. Zachary becomes your ′virtual′ consultant for scaffolding an effective organizational mentoring culture, infrastructure, and practice."
Victoria J. Marsick, professor, adult education and organizational learning, and codirector, J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations

"Even mentors need mentoring. Mentoring supports employees in realizing the need for and meeting the challenge of being more productive as a result of successfully balancing work and family life. Zachary offers a much–needed just–in–time resource for helping HRD directors, CEOs, and organizational leaders expand and enhance the possibilities for elevating mentoring within their organizations."
Susan Ginsberg, editor and publisher, Work & Family Life newsletter, and author, Family Wisdom

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Exhibits and Figures.




About the Author.


What Is Mentoring, Anyway?

Does Mentoring Add Value to the Organization?

How Do We Start?

1 Mentoring, Embedded in the Culture.

The Importance of Embedding Mentoring in the Culture.

An Ideal Scenario.

Phases of a Mentoring Relationship.

Embedding Mentoring: Reflection on Practice.

2 Connecting Culture and Mentoring.

Grounding the Work.

Identifying Cultural Anchors.

Deciding to Move Forward.

Where Do You Want to Be? Aligning Organizational and Mentoring Goals.

Connecting Culture and Mentoring: Reflection on Practice.

3 Planning Implementation.

Readiness, Opportunity, and Support: A Model for Change.

People and the Plan.

The Process of Implementation.

Planning Implementation: Reflection on Practice.


The Hallmarks of Mentoring.

Moving Mentoring Forward.

4 Infrastructure.

Mentoring Infrastructure Components.

Infrastructure: Reflection on Practice.

5 Alignment.

Concepts and Challenges.

Characteristics of Alignment.

People: Powering Mentoring.

Process Components of Alignment.

Alignment: Reflection on Practice.

6 Accountability.

The Concept of Accountability.

Setting Goals.

Clarifying Expectations.

Defining Roles and Responsibilities.

Monitoring Progress and Measuring Results.

Gathering Feedback.

Formulating Action Goals.

Accountability: Reflection on Practice.

7 Communication.

Challenges of Communication.

Communication Criteria.

Benefits of Communication.

Components of Communication.

Communication: Reflection on Practice.

8 Value and Visibility.

Identifying the Value.

Showing Support Through Visibility.

Practices That Stimulate Value and Visibility.

Value and Visibility: Reflection on Practice.

9 Demand.

Creating Demand in a Mentoring Culture.

Impact and Indications of Demand.

What Factors Prevent Demand from Flourishing?

How Do Mentoring Hallmarks Contribute to Demand?

Demand: Reflection on Practice.

10 Multiple Mentoring Opportunities.

Planning the Opportunity.

Types of Mentoring Relationships.

From Opportunity to Planning.

Multiple Mentoring Opportunities: Reflection on Practice.

11 Education and Training.

Developing a Big–Picture Perspective.

Key Factors at Work.

Evaluating Your Key Factors.

Anatomy of a Training Experience.

Strategies for Success.

Education and Training: Reflection on Practice.

12 Safety Nets.

Relying on the Net.

Proactive Approaches to Obstacles.

Reactive Approaches to Obstacles.

Gaps in the Net.

Safety Nets: Reflection on Practice.

Epilogue: Moving on: Mentoring and the Future.

From Seed to Blossom.

From Blossom to Fruit.

Cultural Integration: A Caveat.

Reflection Is the Practice.

Appendix One: Mentoring Culture Audit.

Appendix Two: Digging Deeper.




How to Use the CD–ROM.

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Lois J. Zachary
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