Mentoring is one of the fastest growing forms of management development and the strongest growth area in mentoring is at director level. Very little is known about the nature of these relationships and the shutters on director mentoring are opened through a series of structured interviews with directors and their mentors.
'Mentoring Executives and Directors' is a lively, informative read including company and individual cases across a wide spectrum of sector and company size.
It will be of considerable interest to Human Resource professionals and academics, headhunters and management consultants as well as senior managers, executives and directors, and their mentors.
Table of Contents
Every executive needs a mentor - Why this book? Development is different; Curtain raisers for mentoring; Lonely at the top; Personal reflective space; Why the rise of interest in executive mentoring? Formal versus informal mentoring; What do executive mentors do? Three common roles; How reflective mentors approach the task; Mentoring and emotional intelligence; A model of executive mentoring processes; What do mentors and mentees discuss? What makes an effective executive mentee? How to read this book; Case studies; The lessons for executive and director mentoring - The issues; Endnote; References; Index
'An absolute PEACH of a book ... the combination of lively and quite personal case material with summaries and models from very experienced people is absolutely right for Personnel Directors, experienced practitioners and senior line people'
Wendy Hirsh, HR Consultant
"Fortunately this isn't just another academic study of mentoring. The quality of research data ensures this book stands out against many others as a practical resource for anyone working with people in senior roles'
Martin Harvey, Management Development Manager, The Royal Bank of Scotland
The book has great strength in combining the voices of mentors and mentees with the summarising talents of the authors. It shows the contradictory realities of different mentoring relationships. The authors provide excellent advice and even better, tell readers to be selective about the advice they take."
Dr Alan Mumford, Specialist in Director and Management Development
'One of my main regrets is that I didn't use a personal mentor earlier in my career ..' Estelle Clark, Director, Quality and Business Effectiveness, ICL
'It's a book which executives and directors should not be without'
'In a nutshell, this book targets the processes of enabling people to manage transitions in a way that is effective for themselves and their organisations. It's a book which executives and directors should not be without.'
Professional Manager March 2000
'The book reviews the authors' own experience, supplemented in considerable detail by interviews with other mentors and interesting case material. [It] provides some very interesting frameworks through which you can either analyse what you propose to do with a mentor or review what you have actually done.'
Alan Mumford, Industrial and Commercial Training, volume 32, number 6 (2000)
Only book on mentoring specifically for directors and senior executives.
Personnel Today, 17th July 01
'Overall, this book fills an important niche in our understanding of mentoring. It explores an application for mentoring that few other texts have and provides useful frameworks and guidance for anyone who is interested in fostering mentoring for executives.'
Rick Nemanick, The Leadership Effect, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri