Inspire, Empower, Connect: Reaching across Cultural Differences to Make a Real Difference

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Mentoring is a hot buzzword these days. Unfortunately, although the word 'mentoring' is used all the time, most people do not know what it means. This book fills that gap by describing and illustrating the essential practices of outstanding mentors. It provides a realistic look at mentoring by showing what goes on in a mentoring relationship and what mentors actually do with their protégés. This book makes a unique contribution through its hands-on approach to the thorny issue of cross-racial and cross-cultural differences in mentoring relationships. The book shows how such differences can be handled successfully and can even enrich a mentoring relationship. Specific mentoring practices and their racial/cultural implications are presented and explained. The book gives readers a clear sense of what they can do to mentor and make a real difference, even when their protégés are radically different from themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Board of Directors
Anne Chan's book reinforces the importance of our roles as mentors and provides guideline for how to deal with cultural differences, how to implement specific techniques when dealing with age differences, and how to model and encourage the setting of positive goals. AAUW Fremont Branch enthusiastically endorses this book as a resource for its own high school girls' mentorship program, because it serves as an extension of AAUW's mission to provide equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
NACADA Journal
Anne Chan’s book talks about the essentials of mentoring. Throughout the entire book, she gives case examples of specific mentoring practices, an explanation of why the practice matters as well as a section of practical strategies for implementing the practice with students of protégés. Advisors will find the practical strategies at the end of each chapter to be specifically applicable to their work with students…. This well-written book is easy to read with practical strategies that advisors can implement in their own advising work with their students.
David A. Rasch
In my role as an Ombuds in a diverse university setting, I am excited to have Anne Chan's excellent book, Inspire, Empower, Connect, available as a resource. Far too many individuals come to my office because of difficulties or disappointments with their mentors, and a good bit of the problem is that most mentors receive little or no structured training for or guidance about the role. This is especially true when it comes to learning the skills involved in mentoring someone from a different ethnic or cultural background. Anne Chan's book is an important contribution because it clearly conceptualizes and articulates the essential elements that define excellent mentoring and offers practical, sound advice for current or prospective mentors. Inspire, Empower, Connect will guide a new generation of culturally competent mentors in a wide variety of settings.
Horace Mitchell
Chan has provided a practical and insightful guide to mentoring that explains all the things mentors can do to connect effectively with ethnic minorities and people from diverse backgrounds. Most importantly, Chan demonstrates how race and culture can enrich a mentoring relationship and how mentors can work successfully through cultural differences. Not only does Chan demystify the process of mentoring, she lays it out step-by-step, providing helpful tips for how to connect with people of all ages from all walks of life. Chan also explains how institutions can provide support for mentoring to improve recruitment and retention rates of ethnic minorities. Whether you’re an administrator, teacher, employer, advisor, or supervisor—this is a must-read guide to making a real difference in people’s lives and in the quality of the work or school environment and increase diversity in the process.”
JoAnn Moody
Anne Chan urges mentors and mentees to address the elephant in the room. Talking with one another about their different racial/ethnic backgrounds and how these have shaped their experiences, outlooks, and ambitions—such conversations do indeed matter. Chan provides not only pointers for initiating these essential conversations but also dozens of helpful suggestions to increase mentors' competency and confidence.
John Krumboltz
This book is a practical and evidence-based manual on how to be a good mentor and a good protégé. It is based on systematic interviews with both mentors and protégés and observations of their interactions with each other. The findings are distilled into valuable tips about finding and enjoying a significant professional relationship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607096047
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 1/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Chan is a mentoring consultant, a mentor, and a protégé. She is dedicated to helping organizations and mentors create optimal mentoring relationships so all can achieve their dreams and potential.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Big Picture: What Effective Mentoring Looks Like Part 3 Establishing the Mentoring Relationship and Building Trust Chapter 4 Giving Time Chapter 5 Being Available Chapter 6 Maintaining Good Communication Chapter 7 Keeping Your Word Chapter 8 Holistic Understanding Chapter 9 Talking About Race And Culture Chapter 10 Listening Chapter 11 Providing emotional support Chapter 12 Telling About Yourself Chapter 13 Acknowledging Limitations Chapter 14 Acknowledging and Repairing Mistakes Chapter 15 Using Humor Chapter 16 Giving Gifts Part 17 Developing the Protege's Skills Chapter 18 Discussing Dreams and Goals Chapter 19 Building Skills Chapter 20 Building Confidence With Positive Words Chapter 21 Giving Quality Feedback Chapter 22 Giving Practical Support Chapter 23 Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs Part 24 Facilitating the Protege's Socialization Chapter 25 Being Proactive Chapter 26 Providing Opportunities Chapter 27 Role-Modeling Chapter 28 Providing Access to the Inside Story Chapter 29 Endorsing Chapter 30 Building Community Chapter 31 Protecting Part 32 Institutions and Mentoring Chapter 33 What Institutions Can Do to Support Outstanding Mentoring Chapter 34 Conclusion

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    A must read for anyone interested in mentoring, especially cross-cultural

    Anne Chan has written a must read for anyone interested in mentoring. She has written a very practical book about cross-cultural mentoring. Dr. Chan talking about cross-cultural mentoring by provides a wealth of illustrative and entertaining examples. In addition, she provides practical and implementable suggestions for anyone interested in mentoring. This book would be valuable for mentors, proteges, and especially for community based practitioners who are setting up mentoring programs. If you are thinking of setting up a mentoring program or want to improve a program you already have developed, this book will provide valuable tips and suggestions. Plus, since it is so well-written, you will enjoy reading it from beginning to end.

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