While browsing the
library this month, I came across Mentoring, by Gordon F. Shea.
This book is a good introductory read on the topic – something that can
be read quickly (it is less than 100 pages).
While it does not
delve deeply into the subject, this publication provides a good overview
of mentoring. Mr. Shea discusses the various mentoring relationships
(formal/informal, time-based), understanding the needs of both the
mentor and mentee, and the appropriate behaviors necessary to be a
successful mentor. Section provide a quick overview of the principle or
concept being presented, then a checklist, series of questions or other
tool the reader can use to assess their skills and thoughts regarding
the topic. Additionally, there are case studies sprinkles throughout to
reinforce the points being made.
I found the tools and
questions to be valuable and appropriate to the topic under discussion;
however, in several areas it would have been nice to have comments from
the author regarding the appropriate responses to the questions posed.
This would have increased the learning opportunities, and could have
presented alternative ideas as to how to approach a situation other than
that determined by the reader.
If you are at all
interested in becoming a mentor but do not have a lot of time to
research tools and techniques, this would be a great resource to start