This month in the mentoring reading room

The mentoring reading room providing advice for both mentors and protege's that will enable them to get the most out of the mentor protege relationship.

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  • Mentors Lead the Way to Success

    By Tracey de Morsella (Formerly Tracey L. Minor)

    This article gives advice on developing successful mentoring relationships for African

    Americans. Connections forged through mentoring open the doors to greater opportunities. Although affirmative action laws were put in place to address inequities in the workplace, they do not provide any mechanism for enabling African Americans to ascend up the corporate ladder. Most successful professionals can attribute much of their achievement to their mentoring relationships. Unfortunately, mentors tend to be drawn toward proteges that remind them of themselves.

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  • Mentoring relationships can be among the most rewarding career-related interactions you'll have -- if you take full advantage of them. Whether you're interested in mentoring someone or looking for a mentor to help steer your career in the right direction, these guidelines can help you get and stay connected with the right person.

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  • In these tough times, it is important to find someone to support you throughout the course of your career. The best way to do so, is to assemble a team of advisors who can counsel you individually. Donít just limit advisors to fellow employees so that you can gain a broad view of your industry and or field. Mentors can serve as teachers, coaches and advocates. They can provide you with inside information relative to company norms, share experiences and tell you what to watch out for. They can also defend you, recommend you, provide guidance about appropriate and useful organizational behavior, speak up for you and empower you.

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