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Micro book review: One Minute Mentoring

Posted by Oliver on the 15th of March, 2020 in category Thoughts
Tagged with: Books

One Minute Mentoring One Minute Mentoring by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz is one of the well-respected One Minute Manager series by Ken Blanchard. Ken Blanchard himself has started a series of companies that specialise in management training and techniques - such as Situational Leadership II.

I still have it on my list to read the original One Minute Manager, and assumed it was just a "basics" guide to the essentials. It was published a while ago, though so I am having a bit of trouble tracking down a copy in the local libraries, although I saw that the mentoring book in the series was available in the e-Library. It's a short read, in the form of a story with concrete examples along the way of what to do in a mentoring relationship and what it is, anyway. After reading the book, I feel that I have been throwing the terms "mentoring" and "coaching" around too willingly without really appreciating what they are actually for. In retrospect, I don't think I've had a mentoring relationship - according to the definition in the book.

That being said, I have a much clearer understanding of the framework of mentoring, when to enter into a mentoring relationship, how to use it most effectively, and the processes involved. The book is short enough to read in a couple of short sittings and for that reason enough I think it's worth a read if you think you would have an opportunity for (or interest in) mentoring - just to ensure you approach it in the best way. Recommend!

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