Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Book Review - Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

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

About the Book

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.

My Take on the Book
This is a powerful book that really dives deep on the topic of mentoring. The book really shines a light on some of the blind spots when it comes to being both a mentor and mentee. If you are a leader that looks to mentor others or a mentee, this is a great resource! What I loved about the book is that it is a hands-on book that walks you towards better mentoring. As someone that has mentored others this would have been a great guide to have at the time that I first started to mentor others. If you are looking to up your mentoring skills, this is a book that you need to read!

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