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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.

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“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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought I knew what mentoring meant, but it wasn't until I read this new book by Lois Zachary that I realized that I didn't begin to fathom the depth of the learning journey as it relates to the mentoring process. This author spells it out every step of the way. For those in the business sector; for those in the business of volunteering; for just about anyone who cares about nurturing others, she covers all aspects of the field. There are strategies, exercises, examples -- anything you will need to get you in the right frame to be a mentor and to "facilitate effective learning relationships." I am very impressed.
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This book provides mentors the tools they need in order to develop and maintain a mentoring relationship. In order to develop a successful mentoring relationship, it is important that the mentor have a good foundation in the purpose of the mentor/mentee relationship and then how know how to develop the relationship. The Mentor's Guide, by Lois J. Zachary, gives mentors this foundation and provides them with support in developing the mentor/mentee relationship.
Lois goes on to provide mentors with the information they need in order to be successful. Learning, according to Lois, is the primary goal of the mentoring relationship. In order for learning to occur, the relationship must be learner centered. The book provides guidelines on creating a learner-centered environment.
The book provides information as well as worksheets that help mentors develop their mentoring skills. Worksheets on developing goals and priorities, confidentiality, boundaries, planning, cross-cultural mentoring, assessing the quality of interactions, skill assessment, as well as strategies to develop successful reflections are a few of the worksheets provided by the book.
This is an excellent book that provides mentors will the tools they need in order to be successful.
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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 has made a wonderful contribution to the field of mentoring. Her new book is an "easy read" with wonderful metaphors, appropriate emphasis on relationship building, clear distinctions between old style mentoring versus mentoring as a partnership, interesting examples, and useful exercises.
I bought the book out of curiosity rather than truly being interested in the topic. In minutes I found myself fascinated, and I even saw applications of the information to my relationship with my 10 year old grandson!
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I just finished my thesis on mentoring child care center directors. The Mentor's Guide was the best resource. My thesis quotes many authors but there was non better than Lois Zachary. Her book is the easiest to read and she puts into words what I was thinking. I can't say enough about the wealth of information, ideas, quotes and straight comments that I found useful in this book. If you are embarking on a mentoring relationship this book is a must read. Thank you Lois.
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This book provides the best definition of a mentor that I have come across thus far with the statement "...and at there best they inspire us to reach beyond ourselves; they show us how to make a positive difference in a wider world". It is an easy to read reference tool filled with applicable information about how to prepare for and what to watch for during your journey as a mentor. The author does an excellent job of inspiring a can do attitude by giving the reader the ability to use this book as a workbook to be able to work through real life experiences. This book is a must have for anyone desiring to be in a mentoring relationship.
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