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The Mentee's Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You 1st Edition

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Lois J. Zachary and Lory A. Fischler
Top 10 Reasons Why The Mentee’s Guide Will Help You Get the Most Out of Mentoring

  1. Work more effectively with your mentor, so that you can build your skills, knowledge, abilities and expand your thinking.
  2. Build trust in your mentoring relationships.
  3. Create mentoring relationships that benefit the mentor and the mentee.
  4. Become more proficient at articulating and clarifying your learning goals.
  5. Establish agreements that keep the relationship on course.
  6. Learn when it would be most valuable to engage in a mentoring relationship.
  7. Increase your capacity to ask for and receive feedback.
  8. Explore new types of mentoring.
  9. Understand when and how to come to closure in your mentoring relationship.
  10. Find out what it takes to mentor someone else.

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"The greatest gift one can give, other than love, is to help another learn! The Mentor's Guide has made that gift-giving compelling, comfortable, and competent. Every leader who cares about nurturing talent and facilitating excellence will find this book a joy to read and a jewel to share."Managers as Mentors"

"Life is an adventure and The Mentor's Guide generates excitement and energy for the journey. Full of pragmatic, comprehensive ideas for those whose passion is developing leaders, it is guaranteed to be all you will need to cultivate a fruitful and fun mentoring journey. The adventure begins and Ands within these pages!"
--Carrole A. Wolin, president, National Institute for Leadership Development

"Zachary has written a comprehensive and accessible review of the complex and sometimes contradictory process of mentoring. She conceptualizes mentoring as a relationship of adult learning and complements this analysis with numerous illustrations, exercises, and suggestions for good practice. Written in a conversational ye t critical way, and full of recognizable vignettes, The Mentor's Guide is a wonderfully helpful compAndium of ideas and resources that can be read profitably by novice and experienced mentors alike."
--Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

"Zachary shares stories, strategies, tips, and tools that demystify the most elemental form of informal learning and provides resources for taking the mentoring relationship to a deeper level of fulfillment."
--Victoria J. Marsick, Teachers College, Columbia University

"This guide goes beyond simply establishing a framework for a successful mentoring experienceand providing some helpful 'how tos.' It is a compendium of virtually everything we know on making a mentoring relationship or program successful."
--F. Richard Lennon, vice president and chief information officer, Nordstrom, Inc. Thoughtful and rich with advice, The


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470343583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470343586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert on mentoring and has been cited as "one of the top 100 minds in leadership" today. You've likely seen mention of Dr. Zachary's books, or read her quotes, in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Inc. magazine, T&D, Leadership Excellence, The Chronicle of Higher Education, or other business and leadership news outlets.

Her first book on mentoring, The Mentor's Guide, was published in 2000 and has since has become the primary resource for organizations interested in promoting mentoring for leadership and learning and for mentors seeking to deepen their mentoring practice. With her best-selling books Creating a Mentoring Culture (2005), The Mentee's Guide (2009), and the 2012 revision of The Mentor's Guide, five new Mentoring Excellence Pocket Toolkits, and over 100 published articles, Dr. Zachary has created a comprehensive set of resources for promoting mentoring excellence for individuals and organizations.

Her most recently published book, My Mother Has the Finest Eyes, is a collection of poetry and reflection. Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable, which she wrote with her colleague, Lory Fischler, is due to launch this October.

Dr. Zachary is president of Leadership Development Services, LLC, a Phoenix-based consulting firm that specializes in leadership and mentoring, and director of its Center for Mentoring Excellence. Her innovative mentoring approaches and expertise in coaching leaders and their organizations in designing, implementing, and evaluating learner-centered mentoring programs have been used globally by a wide array of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, educational, and other institutions − profit and nonprofit.

Dr. Zachary received her doctorate in adult and continuing education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree in education from Southern Illinois University.

She is a member of Charter 100, an organization that recognizes outstanding women of achievement and has held leadership positions on many community and national boards -- including the Mentor National Team of the Chicago Public Schools, and the Advisory Council of Arizona State's University School of Global Management and Leadership. Dr. Zachary is also a member of American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Association of Adult and Continuing Educators and the Association for Talent Development.

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I found the latest book by Lois Zachary (with Lory Fischler) "The Mentee's Guide - Making Mentoring Work for You" to be both thought provoking and practical. Zachary makes a compelling case that persons getting mentored (Mentees)should take an active role in shaping the content and dynamics of their relationships with their mentors. I have talked to a number of business clients and associates for whom you can hear the penny drop as they consider the power of this simple but bold idea.

The very practical part of the book is the structured approach to equip mentees to reflect on their own goals/styles and actively work with their mentors. This book is valuable for a wide variety of purposes and groups, including individual mentees and mentors too. For business leaders and organizations committed to being learning organizations, the principles and tools articulated in the book can be a powerful support to constructively changing how mentorship takes place while also strengthening a learning culture of collaboration and empowerment.

The book is fun and easy to read, with lots of great stories, and is truly chockful of tips, tools, checklists and practical exercises that are helpful to mentees but more broadly to any individual or organization wishing to improve how people learn together.
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If you have been thinking you need a mentor, you must purchase this book! Entering into a mentoring relationship requires thoughtful preparation and Lois Zachary clearly and succinctly outlines the process that will lead to your readiness for mentoring. The book covers important topics from the mentee's perspective: exercises for self-understanding, how to examine your assumptions about mentoring, how to choose a mentor and set your own learning goals,the process you can expect, and even developing an awareness of danger signs in a mentoring relationship. I have been a fan of Lois Zachary's Mentor's Guide and have used it as required reading in the graduate course I teach on Mentoring. But the Mentee's Guide is the companion book I was waiting for - a book that will empower adult learners to seek the mentor they need to enhance their personal and professional growth.
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What a great addition to the excellent mentoring series. This latest book is a clear, smooth-flowing and thoughtful examination of process. Through carefully questions, charts and examples, its step-by-step approach builds skills, confidence, and understanding of goals. A practical book that provides a positive guide to building relationships.
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I am in my last semester of college and learned about The Mentee's Guide through an informal mentoring relationship. Before reading this book, I didn't really understand the power of mentoring and how it can facilitate excellence in any aspect of your life. Lois Zachary does a great job of explaining the importance the mentee has on the relationship and how the two can help each other. She gives examples of real life situations and provides helpful worksheets to guide the mentee in not only finding the perfect mentor, but helping the mentee to really figure out what they want to gain out of the relationship. I recommend this book to any college senior or junior who is still confused on the path that they want to take for their future. It will open your mind, test your limits, and provide you with the tools you will need for all aspects of life.
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Whether you are getting ready to be mentored or already are being mentored, coached or supervised (Zachary defines the differences in her companion "The Mentor's Guide"), this book will guide you step by step through the process of preparing to get the most out of your experience and out of your mentor or coach. Zachary believes mentoring is a collaborative partnership, and that both mentor and mentee should be committed to active learning. Her emphasis in both guides is two fold: process and content. Process involves thinking carefully about your goals, reflecting on past experiences, and considering your needs. Content involves what you will write and talk about with your mentor. She has advice on choosing a mentor who is a good "fit" for you, as well as how to construct a contract with your mentor that will address important areas like goals, success criteria, ground rules, confidentiality, boundaries, etc. She even addresses how to get out of the relationship if it isn't working for you. Best of all, she provides user friendly outlines and sumaries that you can use to organize your preparation. If you expect to sit back and passively soak up your mentor's wisdom, this Guide is not for you. It's also a great resource for mentors and coaches to learn about what should be expected from their students. It's not just for folks in business settings, but can be applied in all sorts of coaching/mentor situations. Some I've mentored had no idea how much work goes into the mentoring experience, so I use Zachary's Guide with my mentee to set the stage for our work together.
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