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The Mentee's Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You

The Mentee's Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You

Lois J. Zachary, Lory A. Fischler

ISBN: 978-0-470-56354-0

Jul 2009, Jossey-Bass

176 pages




"The Mentee's Guide inspires and guides the potential mentee, provides new insights for the 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 groundbreaking 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

Foreword by Carol B. Muller ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

The Authors xvii

1 The Power and Process of Mentoring 1

2 Preparing Yourself to Make the Most of Mentoring 15

3 Finding and Getting to Know Your Mentor 39

4 Establishing Agreements with Your Mentor 55

5 Doing the Work 79

6 Coming to Closure with Your Mentor 99

7 Making the Transition from Mentee to Mentor 113

Appendix: Digging Deeper: An Annotated List of Helpful Resources 131

References 141

Index 145

“A companion to the bestselling books, The Mentor’s Guide and Creating a Mentoring Culture, this practical volume offers ideas and suggestions for making the most of a valuable mentoring opportunity for the mentee.

The book provides a roadmap with guideposts along the path from selecting a mentor to transitioning into the role of mentor, creating a viable culture of mentoring and facilitating effective relationships. It is comprehensive, accessible and illustrated with extensive real-life examples from those who have experienced powerful mentoring relationships.

Although the guide primarily focuses on mentoring related to work and professional development, its wisdom is applicable to personal mentoring as well. In conclusion, it assists all of us take charge of envisioning and realizing our futures, leading to better lives and more rewarding and valuable work.”

NACADA Journal, Issue 30(1) (Spring 2010)