Fresh Look – Is your mentor doing all s/he can for you?

Few of us consider the range of services a mentor might potentially provide us. Some mentors are merely advice givers; they tell us what to do but don’t do other things great mentors do. Great mentors not only provide task…

Fresh Look – Mentoring young people

I mentored about a dozen people in my career, and my wife has actually mentored more. Each protégé is unique, but both of us have noticed that young professionals respond differently to mentoring than older ones. When I came across…

Fresh Look – Dealing with severely disappointed protégés

What do you say to a protégé who has just lost out on a coveted promotion, publicly failed in an important assignment, or experienced a gut-wrenching personal loss? According to a recent study which examined why people experience post-traumatic growth,…

Fresh Look – Mentoring protégés who feel stuck in their careers

Employees who feel stuck in their careers lack the capacity for dealing with career planning, transitions and stress.[1] Building career adaptability is key. Studies show a strong relationship with between career adaptability and higher job search efficacy,[2] better job satisfaction,…

Fresh Look – acting politically while seeming apolitical

Effective office politicians know that their actions must appear legitimate. This means that they have to be careful to satisfy three criteria.[1] First, political actors must appear to promote collective (i.e., organizational) versus personal interests. Second, they must abide by…

Fresh Look – Giving advice

Asked what was very difficult, Thales replied: “To know thyself.” Asked what was very easy, he answered: “To give advice.” –Socrates Giving advice really is very easy. Everybody has opinions about how others should live their lives. But giving advice…

Are you a good manager-coach?

Take the following questionnaire to find out. Feedback Orientation Scale[1] Directions: Indicate your level of agreement with all of the following items with the following scale: 5=strongly agree 4=agree 3= neutral 2=disagree 1=strongly disagree ___1. Feedback contributes to my success…

Which protégé needs are important in mentoring?

As a developmental alliance, mentoring has to be need-based, but what protégé needs should be paramount in a mentor’s mind? One clue lies in something called “self-determination theory.”[1] The key idea of this theory is that people have three needs…

When direct supervisors mentor

Mentoring is often thought to be a partnership between a junior person and someone other than the person’s immediate supervisor. However, a direct supervisor can provide mentoring-like activities, if one defines mentoring as a developmental alliance. For this to pay…

Mentoring a workaholic

Estimates are that 10% of US employees are workaholics, and there is no question but they need help.[1] They suffer from low job and life satisfaction and also experience an array of physical and psychological health problems.[2] Burnout and counterproductive…