The Mentoring Manual: Your step by step guide to being a better mentor Paperback – 18 Sep 2014
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From the Back Cover
As a mentor you must be many things: role model, expert, advocate, cheerleader, enforcer and friend. Plus you must make a positive, lasting difference to the knowledge, skills and prospects of your mentee.
So, being a mentor is a big responsibility. But with The Mentoring Manual, getting it right is easy.
Based on methods developed - and proven – in business, this highly practical book will show you how mentoring works, take you step-by-step through everything you need to know and do, and show you how both parties can get the best from the relationship.
· Understand what mentoring really is and how to do it well
· Feel fully confident in your ability to be a great mentor
· Develop key skills like listening, collaboration and coaching
· Help your mentee feel more knowledgeable, confident and valued
· Pass on your skills, experience and expertise to colleagues and contacts
Get the most from mentoring: help your mentee, develop your skills and make a positive difference
“A breath of fresh air compared with many books on coaching and mentoring. The process of mentoring and the potential pitfalls are presented in a clear and challenging way.”
David Megginson, Emeritus Professor of HRD, Sheffield Hallam University
“A clear, pragmatic and accessible guide for mentors.”
Professor David Clutterbuck, author, speaker, and co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
About the Author
Julie Starr an executive coach, writer and speaker and the owner of Starr Consulting; a leading provider of coach and mentor training, which works internationally and across cultures. She is the author of two successful books on coaching, The Coaching Manual and Brilliant Coaching, both by Pearson.
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I like Starr’s writing style, its simple, clear and yet often challenging. Throughout, Starr uses reflective questions that constantly reminded me to connect a specific section to me and my own mentoring. The checklists, exercises and succinct chapter summaries all helped to keep me thinking and keep me reading.
I particularly liked the ‘Mentoring Map’ which uses the idea of a journey to explain the process of setting up a relationship, setting out, and explaining each step of the way in a useful amount of detail. One thing I used was the advice on how to prepare for a mentoring session, which included getting our ego out of the way (not as easy as it sounds!). In addition, as well as all the principles and process of mentoring, there’s a great section to help us overcome the pitfalls that can reduce the effectiveness of the session. There’s also the offer of free online materials and they sounded useful.
In short, it’s a great resource for those who are already a mentor, a coach, a consultant or manager. Having read other books on this topic, I think this fills a gap in knowledge, whilst adding fresh perspectives. Plus it explains what Gandalf, Mary Poppins and Nicole Scherzinger have in common – no mean feat!
The Mentoring Manual does what it says on the cover. It's a step by step guide and great resource for anyone who mentors others, or manages a mentoring programme. It provides practical insights and helpful guidance on mentoring, and the benefits to individuals, mentors and the organisation.
I love that Julie goes into depth about the relationship, and how this differs from coaching and leading, which many people often get confused with. There is great practical and an easy to follow framework that will help you set up a great mentoring relationship, that will benefit both the mentee and also the mentor. Top marks and fully recommended.
The accessible style of Starr reaches out to everyone; Hagrid, the mentor to Harry Potter, and other examples connect the reader to the presence in all our lives of a mentor. The qualities of benevolence and respect are carefully explored together with professionalism and accountability. The book held my attention and whetted my appetite to find out more about how, as a coach, mentoring continues to work in shaping our practice both with supervision and in making us even more effective professionals.
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