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One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor--And Why You'll Benefit from Being One Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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“Presents practical and actionable steps. ... The first-person POV makes the content personal and offers a sense of the emotions and thoughts that go into the mentoring process.” (Library Journal)
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From the bestselling co-author of the legendary The One Minute Manager®, and a former Twitter executive, comes the ultimate guide to creating powerful mentoring relationships
Working within a mentoring relationship is a powerful way to grow in your career. Whether you’re learning from a seasoned pro or passing along your wisdom, mentoring offers a host of benefits—from increased knowledge and skills to elevated energy and deep satisfaction.
But how do mentoring relationships begin, develop, and thrive? And what are the guidelines for keeping a mentoring relationship on track? The answers can be found in this engaging business parable.
Josh Hartfield, twenty-seven, has been in the same sales job for five years. He’s burned out, his career has stalled, and he isn’t even sure he wants to work in sales anymore.
A chance encounter leads Josh to Diane Bertman, a high-performing sales executive about to turn sixty.Stretched too thin by a relentless schedule, she’s beginning to wonder if she should retire.
From their first meeting, Josh and Diane know they each have much to learn from one another. As their relationship develops, they discover the power of mentorship: Josh as he transitions to a new career path, and Diane as she reignites her passion for meaningful work.
One Minute Mentoring provides practical tools for developing successful mentoring relationships. One Minute Insights at the end of each chapter and the MENTOR Model at the end of the book guide readers step-by-step to create lasting, beneficial mentorships.
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'One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor — and Why You’ll Benefit from Being One' is a quick and powerful step-by-step guide on how to find yourself a mentor and also what it takes to become one. Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz mix fact and fiction in a way that makes the book more digestible versus one that is just a series of checklists, graphs, and worksheets.
You experience the story of Josh and Diane (not to be confused with Jack and Diane from the amazing Mellencamp song,) who are at different points in their lives and both in need of a jumpstart. It is easy to think a mentoring relationship is a one-way street, a teacher and a student, but the authors illustrate how each person in the relationship can truly benefit the other. The young, aimless employee who is stalling on his career path can gain direction and knowledge that only comes from a lifetime of experience, while the teacher, who may feel their life has hit a plateau, can get a direct boost from watching their mentee flourish, reminding them of how they felt when they first started.
This book is important because mentoring someone is one of the most integral and effective ways of passing our knowledge down or even up depending on if the relationship is cross-generational. Society only moves forward when we learn and grow from our shared knowledge. Information not passed on is not a hidden treasure, but instead an empty box.
'One Minute Mentoring' is one of those books that you read initially very quickly but then keep on your desk or in your backpack for easy reference. It’s not a book as much as it is a guide and how much you follow it is up to you.
As for me, after reading this, I’ve got some people to reach out to because there is a lot to learn in this life and time is tick, tick, ticking away.
*DISCLAIMER* This book was sent to me by the publisher to review, but in no way affected my opinion of the book itself.*
In ONE MINUTE MENTORING, the authors take a fictional scenario and make it a realistic example of a mentor/mentee relationship. Blanchard, a management expert and well-known author, and Diaz-Ortiz, named on of the 100 Most Influential People in Business by Fast Company, join together to share the importance of being a mentor and being mentored. By offering the example of an overworked and stressed executive and a underachieving sales associate, many of us can identify with their struggles. This book shares how the two of them could help each other find a new passion in their careers and maybe offer some insight to inspire each of us to reach our highest potential.
As someone who hasn't worked in the business world, I was afraid I couldn't relate to the stories shared in this "parable of two employees". But, I did and found it offered me a new way to see my role as a member of the school staff, a member of the numerous boards I am on, and as a member of my community. Realizing that mentors don't have to be in the same field as the person they are mentoring was eye-opening. I assumed teachers have to mentor teachers, but not necessarily. Thinking about our own children and the paths that lie ahead of them as they approach college and careers, I hope they can find someone to offer insights and advice. Someone they can call, have lunch with, email, or check in with that will support them in a different way than a parent, co-worker, or boss would.
This book offered a simple approach to the idea of mentoring and was a very quick read, reading it in just a couple hours. If I was an employer, I would be handing this over to every new employee and making it their first assignment. Then helping them make connections to find a mentor in their life.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.