Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage


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This first comprehensive guide to helping mentors and mentees bridge gaps between and among cultures—a growing issue in today's diverse workplace—is coauthored by the founder and CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence.

As the workplace has become more diverse, mentoring has become more challenging. Mentors and mentees may come from very different backgrounds and have limited understanding of each other's cultures and outlooks. But mentoring remains the most powerful tool for creating meaningful relationships, furthering professional development, and increasing engagement and retention. Younger workers and emerging leaders in particular are demanding it.

Lisa Z. Fain and Lois J. Zachary offer a timely, evidence-based, practical guide for helping mentors develop the level of cultural competency needed to bridge differences. Firmly rooted in Zachary's well-known four-part mentoring model, the book uses three fictional scenarios featuring three pairs of diverse mentors and mentees to illustrate how key concepts can play out in real life. It offers an array of accessible tools and strategies designed to help you increase your self-awareness and prepare you to embrace and leverage differences in your mentoring relationships. But beyond tips and techniques, Fain and Zachary emphasize that authenticity is the key—the ultimate purpose of this book is to help the mentor and mentee make a genuine connection and learn from each other. That's when the magic really happens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523085897
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 238,733
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lisa Fain is the CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence and founder of Vista Coaching. A former management-side employment attorney, she built and led the diversity and inclusion function at Outerwall (the former parent company to automated retail giants Redbox and Coinstar). She is a certified mediator through Chicago's Center for Conflict Resolution and certified life coach through the International Coach Academy.

Lois Zachary is the founder of Leadership Development Services and its Center for Mentoring Excellence. Her book The Mentor's Guide is a primary resource for organizations that promote mentoring for leadership and learning. She is also the author of The Mentee's Guide, Creating a Mentoring Culture, and Starting Strong.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction: Why Bridging Differences Matters 1

Part I Lean Forward into Differences: Meet Mia and Christopher 3

1 Building the Framework for Mentoring across Differences 5

2 Seeing the Differences between Us 15

3 Culture and Identity in Mentoring 26

4 Bias and Privilege in Mentoring 40

Part II Learn from Differences: Meet Aesha and Heather 51

5 Preparing the Relationship 53

6 Getting to Know Each Other 72

Part III Leverage Differences: Meet Martin and Darren 93

7 Establishing Agreements 95

8 Enabling Growth 117

9 Enabling Growth through Feedback 142

10 Coming to Closure 166

A Closure Conversation with Our Readers 183

Appendix 185

Notes 187

References 193

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199

About the Authors 205

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