Managers As Mentors is a rapid-fire read and a provocative guide to helping associates grow and adapt in today's tumultuous organizations. Chip Bell persuasively shows that today, mentoring means valuing creativity over control, fostering growth by facilitating learning, and helping others get smart, not just get ahead. This hands-on guide takes the mystery out of effective mentoring, teaching leaders to be the kind of confident coaches integral to learning organizations.
Managers As Mentors is about power-free facilitation of learning, about teaching through consultation and affection rather than constriction and assessment. It describes learning as an expansive, unfolding process rather than an evaluative, narrowing effort. Most importantly, it is a work book filled with ideas, suggestions, how-tos, and resources. It has been created to serve as a tool for one component of the leader's responsibility-helping another learn and grow.
This book is crafted around a view of boss as partner-specifically, leader as fellow learner, facilitator, and catalyst. Because the lion's share of a leader's time is spent one-on-one, Managers As Mentors focuses on interpersonal encounters, providing techniques for leaders to circumvent the barriers of rank and enter into learning relationships, more like older siblings than wise parents.
Practical and upbeat, chapters detail mentoring in action, from kindling kinship, giving advice, and dynamic listening, to performance coaching and counseling, handling difficult conversations, and new approaches to team meeting management and making presentations. The book also includes a self-assesment instrument, the "Mentor Scale," to help readers determine their strong-points and potential blind-spots for becoming effective mentors.