Elements of Mentoring

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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 those serious about developing juniors in any field or discipline.
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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 those serious about developing juniors in any field or discipline.
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"This book represents a well-articulated approach to the principles of mentoring that is sure to be a landmark work. Jam-packed with exciting ideas, it highlights precisely why and how mentoring is undertaken in various workplace settings. The authors respond to the rapidly changing world of work by delivering an extraordinary range of tools and options for professionals who wish to be ethical, thoughtful teachers and coaches to their protégés. Well written and highly readable, it offers practical applications using exemplary case studies. This gem of a resource will aid the reader in understanding how to apply the mentoring microskills presented throughout. This is a must read for anyone who aspires to excellence as a leader and mentor." — Mary H. Guindon, School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Johns Hopkins University

"Johnson and Ridley carefully explain the skills, attitudes and values that make for effective mentoring. In this useful guide, they point out what helps and what could hurt these developmental relationships. A must read for mentors and protégés alike. I recommend it highly" — Winston E. Gooden, Ph.D., Dean, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

"Johnson and Ridley have distilled the essence of how to be a successful mentor in a well written succinct compendium they accurately describe as the "nuts and bolts" of effectively advancing the careers of junior colleagues in a caring, yet rigorous manner. The advice contained here holds significant value across work sites and professions, and can benefit both potential mentors and those wishing to find a mentor. I recommend this book to anyone hoping to guide the next generation in their field or hoping to find such a guide." —Gerald P. Koocher, Professor and Dean, School for Health Studies, Simmons College


"The Elements of Mentoring is destined to become a classic due to its concise

approach and timeless value in helping to create win-win situations for individuals

committed to helping others achieve more. ...This excellent book has the potential to bring out your best: read it!"—Leadership & Organization Development Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403964014
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 458,314
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Brad Johnson is associate professor of psychology at the U.S. Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Annapolis, MD. Charles R. Ridley is professor of Counseling Psychology at Texas A & M University and Co-Director, Research Core of the university's Center for the Study of Health Disparities. He lives in College Station, Texas.

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Table of Contents

What Excellent Mentors Do: Matters of Skill 1
1 Select Your Proteges Carefully
2 Be There
3 Know Your Proteges
4 Expect Excellence (and Nothing Less)
5 Affirm, Affirm, Affirm, and Then Affirm Some More
6 Provide Sponsorship
7 Be a Teacher and a Coach
8 Encourage and Support
9 Shape Behavior Using Reinforcement
10 Offer Counsel in Difficult Times
11 Protect When Necessary
12 Stimulate Growth with Challenging Assignments
13 Give Proteges Exposure and Promote Their Visibility
14 Nurture Creativity
15 Provide Correction-Even When Painful
16 Give the Inside Scoop
17 Narrate Growth and Development
18 Self-Disclose When Appropriate
19 Accept Increasing Friendship and Mutuality
20 Teach Faceting
21 Be an Intentional Model
22 Display Dependability Traits of Excellent Mentors: Matters of Style and Personality 49
23 Exude Warmth
24 Listen Actively
25 Show Unconditional Regard
26 Respect Privacy and Protect Confidentiality
27 Tolerate Idealization
28 Embrace Humor
29 Do Not Expect Perfection
30 Attend to Interpersonal Cues
31 Be Trustworthy
32 Respect Values
33 Do Not Stoop to Jealousy Arranging the Mentor-Protege Relationship: Matters of Beginning 73
34 Carefully Consider the "Match"
35 Clarify Expectations
36 Establish Measurable Goals
37 Define Relationship Boundaries
38 Consider Protege Relationship Style
39 Describe Potential Benefits and Risks
40 Be Sensitive to Gender
41 Be Sensitive to Race and Ethnicity
42 Foster Mentoring Constellations
43 Plan for Change at the Outset
44 Schedule Periodic Reviews or Evaluations Knowing Thyself as a Mentor:Matters of Integrity 103
45 Consider the Consequences of Being a Mentor
46 Practice Self-Care
47 Be Productive
48 Resist Cloning
49 Make Sure You are Competent
50 Hold Yourself Accountable
51 Respect the Power of Attraction
52 Accept the Burden of Power
53 Practice Humility
54 Never Exploit Proteges
55 Balance Advocacy with Gate-Keeping When Things Go Wrong: Matters of Restoration 129
56 Above All, Do No Harm
57 Slow Down the Process
58 Tell the Truth
59 Seek Consultation
60 Document Carefully
61 Dispute Your Irrational Thinking Welcoming Change and Saying Goodbye: Matters of Closure 145
62 Welcome Change and Growth
63 Accept Endings
64 Find Helpful Ways to Say Goodbye
65 Mentor as a Way of Life References 155 Index 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Amazing book!!!

    The Elements of Mentoring is the best manual for learning the essentials on developing as a mentor ever! Johnson and Ridley do an amazing on this book, highly recommended to anyone who has or is developing a mentorship relationship.

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