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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell & Mitchell, LLC; 1st edition (May 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979524008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979524004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,590,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Joan Mitchell I have known and respected for over 15 years comes across enthusiastically in this book. Through the stories and experiences she shares, many others will now have the opportunity to benefit from her genuine straight-forwardness, sensibility and integrity." Robert Buckley Research Fellow Xerox Corporation --Back Cover Blurb

"An inspiring, enthusiastic 'how-to' guide for success that can benefit everyone, whether you're just starting out in your career or advancing through the leadership ranks. Lots of sound advice--and easy to digest. Read it -- and live it!" Linda Sandford Senior Vice President, Enterprise on Demand Transformation and Information Technology IBM Corporation Author of LET GO TO GROW: ESCAPING THE COMMODITY TRAP --Back Cover Blurb

"Sharing experiences and inspiring others enables all of us to recap the rewards of leadrship. Dr. Mitchell encapsulates three decads of corporate experience in short, cogent stories that illustrate the rewards of mentoring, for givers and receivers alike." Nicholas M Donofrio Executive Vice President IBM Corporation "Joan's personal stories vividly illustrate core mentoring skills and the importance of mentoring in career development. Mentors and mentees alike will benefit from her rich experience and insight." Paul Horn Senior Vice President, Director of Research IBM Corporation --Back Cover Blurbs

About the Author

Joan L. Mitchell, PhD, recently retired from IBM after a 32 year career (when her division was sold). With 77 patents to her name so far, she is the most prolific woman patent-holder in the history of IBM. Among her more recognizable contributions, Dr. Mitchell has co-invented and done research on the Quietwriter, Facsimile (FAX) data compression and the internationally accepted JPEG standard. A major goal of Dr. Mitchell was to become an IBM fellow, a goal which she accomplished about 5 years ago. Her new employer is the joint venture RICOH | IBM Infoprint Solutions Company which purchased the division she worked for at IBM. She got to keep her same office and desk during the employment transition. Joan resides in Longmont, Colorado and is excited about the opportunities to help her new company grow their business.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Islin Munisteri on May 19, 2008
Dr. Joan's Mentoring Book offers a straight shot of down-to-earth, real advice for me. As an engineering student, I can relate particularly well to her analogy of figuring out what is good enough, instead of going for perfection. In that example, she writes about expanding a highway so that more cars can drive on it. But, in the interim, traffic would actually increase because of the blocked lanes. In the long run after construction, the traffic problem would still be there because of the increase in the number of cars deciding to take the highway. A perfect highway would mean that there are no cars, but that would defeat the original purpose for a highway.

However, she also serves up advice that anyone advancing in their career (either in academia, industry, government, nonprofits, or elsewhere) can use. She talks about empowering people through mentoring, leadership and management, and continued learning. I particular liked her tidbit about having five mentors: one who of the opposite gender, a new hire, a colleague, someone outside of the company, and someone at the next promotional level. These individuals offer valuable advice and different perspectives so that the protégé can learn from their mentors' mistakes and have accelerated growth. Also, mentors learn as much from their protégés as their protégés learn from them.
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By PAUL BRYAN LESTER on October 5, 2013
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Book was in better condition than advertised. Arrived on time. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Applying concepts at work with IBM and other companies now.
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