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Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships Hardcover – September 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0787979522 ISBN-10: 078797952X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078797952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787979522
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...provides a useful snapshot of the issues, dramas and special challenges women and minorities face in the modern workplace..." (getAbstract, August 2006)

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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

"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

"All successful people have someone in their life who helps them at various stages in their development. 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, accounts, and narratives of Power Mentoring. 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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The mentoring relationships described are so vivid and so compelling.
Rachel I.
Interesting and well written, this book is a must for business students or anyone wanting to know one of the best kept secrets to success.
J. Gould
I recommend the book, just be prepared to scan at certain times because it seems they could have made many points in fewer words.
David Russell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ellen Ensher is Associate Professor at the College of Management at Loyola Marymount, and Susan Murphy Associate Professor at Claremont McKenna College: each has written and consulted both together and independently and here produces a powerful collaboration on mentoring and its lasting benefits to both mentor and prot?g?. Mentoring has a powerful influence on successful people: that's been proven; but traditional models of mentoring haven't kept up with business programs that have different emphasis today than in past. POWER MENTORING covers these changes in approach and offer new strategies for locating and creating 'power mentoring' relationships. Interviews with 50 top leaders and their proteges in technology, politics and media reinforce these concepts and approaches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To demonstrate how "power mentoring" works in practice, authors Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy provide down-to-earth interviews with about 50 pairs of high-powered mentors and their protégés. The conversations offer useful nuggets of insight about office politics, job advancement and successful networking. In addition, unlike many books on the topic, this one provides a useful snapshot of the issues, dramas and special challenges women and minorities in the modern workplace face - and the picture is not always pretty. The book's biggest flaws are its redundancy and use of boardroom clichés. Still, we recommend this personalized, practical book to potential mentor-protégé teams.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina W. on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We all know how important and valuable a mentor can be, but most of us do not know how to find a good one, and how to make the most of the relationship if we do. "Power Mentoring" taught me so much on the topic, and transformed mentoring from being a nice idea, into something concrete that I too could benefit from. I loved the book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in bettering themselves and their situations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gould on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Power Mentoring is a powerful reminder that even in one of the most individualistic societies on earth, most successful people do not succeed alone. Power Mentoring skillfully combines the latest research on mentoring with fascinating interviews of real American success stories. Interesting and well written, this book is a must for business students or anyone wanting to know one of the best kept secrets to success.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a leader at a large corporation and I teach leadership classes on a monthly basis. I also have been coaching and mentoring people personally and professionally for the last 10 years.

What I like about this book:
- The information is fact driven from a lot of research over a broad set of industries (this will help the material apply to a broader audience).
- The real life stories help back up and illustrate the principles being taught.
- There is a LOT of information that is useful to mentors as well as mentees. You will learn the value of mentoring, how to identify a strong mentor for you, how to invite them to mentor you and what to do to make the most of your relationship.

What I was disappointed in with this book:
- The first two chapters were really DRY. I almost tossed the book aside and dismissed it as not useful (I read about 4 books at a time and go through them in 2-3 months, if a book is not useful, I will move on to another book).
- Some of the examples were far away from my personal field and at times I had some difficulty in relating (but as I pointed out above, the broad base of examples was also a strength, so press on when you get to a story you don't relate to).
- In one of the chapters they use an example from the mafia and it really threw me sideways. Not only did I not relate, but I actually was disturbed by the thoughts of what happened in that relationship. It was hard to get back into the book. When you come across it, you might consider skipping 3 paragraphs ahead and continuing on.

Overall, it's the best mentoring book I've found. I really enjoy it and I'll be drawing deeply from it in my leadership class this month on the value of working with a great mentor. I recommend this book to anyone who wants the most out of a mentoring relationship (both to the mentor and the mentee).
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Format: Hardcover
A quote from the book "Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone. And we are all mentors to people even when we don't know it"

Power Mentoring is about helping you gain more fulfillment at work by showing you how to actively develop and improve your relationships with others there, and in doing so gain all of the career outcomes that you have always imagined. It is a two way street where the mentor and protege both gain.

Why Mentoring? People with mentors or protege gain by making more money than those without, Greater job satisfaction, Get Promoted more often, Greater mobility, Better work-family balance; Friendship, Exposure to excellent role models, Enhanced self-confidence, New insight into different areas of the business, Encouragement and inspiration, New ideas and a fresh perspective and always have contagious energy around them

Ellen describers the different types of Mentoring:
1.Traditional mentor: Grooms for long term success a particular organization
2.Boss mentor- Groom or be groomed as a successor
3.Reverse mentor- Gives younger generation political savvy and professional knowledge, and give the older generation fresh ideas and new skills
4.An e-mentor: Ability to multitask in mentoring
5.A group mentor: Provides access to busy executives
6.A mentor for hire: You get what you pay for can be efficient and task specific
7.An inspirational mentor: Provides a vision, identity, and sense of purpose
8.A family-member mentor: Offers self-esteem from an early age
9.A barrier-busting mentor can offer a fresh perspective on your industry
10.Peer mentors: Very useful because least stressful to connect with
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