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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  • When Verna Ford met with a financial services client recently, one man stood out amid the sober suits: An African American in a pink checked shirt. That might be OK in Tennessee where he works, Ford thought, but not in New York. He needs a mentor. What a Mentor Does. A consultant with Boston-based Novations/J. Howard Associates who specializes in multicultural issues and has authored two books on mentoring, Ford knows how important the role of a mentor can be. "A good mentor wouldn't have told him not to wear that pink shirt," she says. "But she would have helped him see the implications of it."

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