The elements of mentoring / W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley.

"In The Elements of Mentoring, Johnson and Ridley distill volumes of theory and research on the mechanics of mentoring relationships into the sixty-five core essentials for becoming an exceptional mentor. These are the crucial nuts and bolts of mentoring, the "rules of engagement" for...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Johnson, W. Brad.
Other Authors: Ridley, Charles R.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Edition:Rev. ed., 2nd ed.
Table of Contents:
  • Select your proteges carefully
  • Be there
  • Know your proteges
  • Expect excellence (and nothing else)
  • Affirm, affirm, affirm, and then affirm some more
  • Provide sponsorship
  • Be a teacher and a coach
  • Encourage and support
  • Shape behavior using reinforcement
  • Offer counsel in difficult times
  • Protect when necessary
  • Stimulate growth with challenging assignments
  • Give proteges exposure and promote their visibility
  • Nurture creativity
  • Provide correction-even when painful
  • Give the inside scoop
  • Narrate growth and development
  • Self-disclose when appropriate
  • Accept increasing friendship and mutuality
  • Teach faceting
  • Be an intentional model
  • Display dependability
  • Exude warmth
  • Listen actively
  • Show unconditional regard
  • Respect privacy and confidentiality
  • Tolerate idealization
  • Embrace humor
  • Do not expect perfection
  • Attend to interpersonal cues
  • Be trustworthy
  • Respect values
  • Do not stoop to jealousy
  • Carefully consider the "match"
  • Clarify expectations
  • Establish measureable goals
  • Define relationship boundaries
  • Consider protege relationship style
  • Describe potential benefits and risks
  • Be sensitive to gender
  • Be sensitive to race and ethnicity
  • Foster mentoring constellations
  • Plan for change at the outset
  • Schedule periodic reviews or evaluations
  • Consider the consequences of being a mentor
  • Practice self-care
  • Be productive
  • Resist cloning
  • Make sure you are competent
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Respect the power of attraction
  • Accept the burden of power
  • Practice humility
  • Never exploit proteges
  • Balance advocacy with gate-keeping
  • Above all, do no harm
  • Slow down the process
  • Tell the truth
  • Seek consultation
  • Document carefully
  • Dispute your irrational thinking
  • Welcome change and growth
  • Accept endings
  • Find helpful ways to say goodbye
  • Mentor as a way of life.