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The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships 2nd Edition

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Top 10 Reasons Why The Mentors Guide, 2nd Edition, Will Help You Be a Better Mentor
Author, Lois J. Zachary

1. It has practical relevance beyond mentoring relationships.

2. It offers guidelines for engaging in must-have mentoring conversations.

3. It will increase your understanding about generational differences and help you understand which approaches you need to take in facilitating the learning of your mentee.

4. Reading it is a professional development tool; it will assist you in mentoring more effectively and growing in the role as a mentor.

5. It is grounded in solid knowledge of how adults learn and addresses how topics such as emotional intelligence, transformational learning, and self-directed learning play out in a mentoring relationship.

6. You will learn about the many different configurations of mentoring relationships and how to facilitate them.

7. The emphasis on the context of difference will change your thinking about mentoring forever.

8. Interactive exercises and relevant examples help bring the four phases of mentoring alive.

9. It combines reflective exercises with readily implementable strategies for success.

10. It reflects the evolution beyond simple phone conversations and reflects our use of email, social networking, Skype, and other technology-driven tools.


“What makes this book really shine are the example of dilemmas and successes of real-life mentoring pairs.  It’s likely that all mentors and coaches have been in these situations – and Zachary deftly includes stories to bring these situations to life.”—Phaedra Brotherton, T+D, November 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047090772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470907726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was extremely difficult to get through because of its excessive usage of nearly meaningless abstract terminology, repetitiveness and obvious advice. I got the impression when reading this book that most of its material was just quoted from other sources and not much in the book was actually original. On several occasions, the example "stories" in the book were exactly the same content as stated earlier in the text, just rewritten in narrative form, thus providing no extra value. Most of the stories were useless. I don't actually understand why this book was even created - it doesn't seem to have added any value beyond what books were already written. I only finished it because I was upset at having bought a book that had high reviews that turned out to be terrible, and I wanted to write a review of it.

Examples of nearly meaningless abstract terminology:

"Context is a formidable consideration in facilitating the learning that takes place in mentoring relationships."
"Through conversation, mentor and mentee become aware of different perceptions and values that can facilitate or hinder their communication."
"Once you are inside and working the relationship, it becomes a dance of two or more people coming together in partnership to move learning and development forward."

Example of a useless story in the book:

"Meg was surprised to find when she checked in with Claude that he held a different set of assumptions about his role. He had anticipated that Meg would play a more active role in the relationship: setting up interviews for him, coaching him through the interview process, and advocating for him. He was also surprised that Meg had assumed that they would meet so infrequently.
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Lois Zachary does not only set out the basic principles and best practices of mentoring in The Mentor's Guide, she actually goes a step further and helps readers discover their own personal mentoring style and preferences. Through many exercises, she guides the reader through introspection and action. Thus, she not only conceptually ties mentoring to adult education, but she actually writes in a manner according to the principles of adult education. Consequently, she challenges the prevailing myths of mentoring, and proposes a model of mentoring where both mentor and mentee are fully engaged and learning from one another. Her proposed model is one that is based on critical reflection and application, rather than knowledge transfer and acquisition (Location 300).

Mentoring is not just for the mentee, but it is a mutually beneficial relationship where both mentor and mentee will grow in knowledge, skills, and self-awareness. For this type of mentoring to take place, both mentor and mentee need to be active participants in keeping one another accountable, even though the ownership of the learning needs and content have to be self-directed by the mentee. Ultimately, the focus is on the learner, the learning process, and the learning, rather than the mentor, organization, or any sort of goals (Loc 370). Mentoring is a process where the mentor teaches the mentee that "everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it" (Location 767).
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This book started out OK, but it's clearly written to only be useful for stodgy companies that operate on an archaic business model -- think crusty old white guys in business suits smoking cigars. I trudged through it hoping to glean a few nuggets of wisdom that could be useful in a modern business environment, but finally had to stop when I got to the chapter on gender/sexuality/race. I am positively shocked that a book this misogynistic, homophobic, and racist has this high of a rating on Amazon. Treating it like a perfectly acceptable problem that a mentor might have trouble mentoring a woman because she's "really hot"? Really? And phrasing all of these sections as though there's no way the LGBT person in a mentoring relationship might be the mentor rather than the mentee? Come. On.

Don't bother with this book unless you've got a time machine to go back to 1950. I'm horrified to think there are still companies where it's acceptable to operate based on these standards.
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The Mentor's Guide squarely hits the mark for delivering results. Dr. Zachary has created a roadmap for us to use as mentors, and allows us to learn through the scenarios and stories she relates, that being a mentor is not the same for all, but rather a personal and flexible interaction with our mentees. The Mentor's Guide is a tool for us to use in addressing the needs of each mentoring relationship.

The Mentor's Guide provides me with a choice of following Dr. Zachary's advice from as detailed to as general as I feel is needed in various mentoring situations. I find it helpful in putting structure around mentoring relationships, and yet I am able to keep each one unique, and appropriate for the individual. The book is suggestive, not prescriptive; it's not a one-size fits all. I have used the first edition, and now, reading the second edition, I am reminded of all the possibilities in mentoring. Dr. Zachary has added scenarios, and topics, that have become relevant since her first publication.

Reading this book also provides us, as potential mentees, help in the mentee experiences we might have, and the expectations we have of our mentors. Note that Dr. Zachary has also written The Mentee's Guide... which I have personally given to my mentees as a gift on various occasions.)

I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to use Dr. Zachary's approaches in the past, and this new edition serves to remind and enhance. You'll enjoy the experience!
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