February 12, 2008

Book Review - Power Mentoring

Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges get the Most Out of Their Relationships
Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy
HF 5385 .E57 2005

Ensher and Murphy state that some of the most well known people have mentors and they assert that this mentoring relationship has been one of the keys to their success. Using research studies as well as one-on-one interviews with both mentors and proteges, Ensher and Murphy try to uncover what makes this pairing so successful. While they discuss several types of mentoring relationships, they conclude easily that the most successful mentoring relationships are those in which both the mentor and the protege gives something to and receives something from the other. Several chapters give recommendations on how to develop the relationship between mentor and protege. The authors conclude, however, by stating that they are still learning about mentoring themselves, putting learning at the center of this issue.