'Managers as Mentors' Celebrates Anniversary

'Managers as Mentors' Celebrates Anniversary

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The origin of the word mentor goes back to ancient Greece-specifically, to the character of Mentor in Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey." As Odysseus departs for the Trojan War, he leaves his trusted friend Mentor in charge of both the palace and the care and education of Odysseus' teenage son- a role that combined sensitivity and the sharing of wisdom. Combining compassion with wisdom is still very relevant today.

With more than 150,000 copies sold, "Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning," Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith's classic guide to successfully combining these two interrelated roles has proven to be deeply influential among professionals in virtually every industry and leadership role.

Now, in honor of the first anniversary of the book's third edition, old fans and newcomers alike are invited to take part in a month-long celebration at ChipBell.com. Bell will share special blog posts throughout the month of June focusing on tips, techniques and tools for all leaders striving to be better mentors. During the month, 10 copies of "Managers as Mentors" will be given away at Chantal Bechervaise's Take it Personel-ly blog. Visit the blog for details and to register.

Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and coauthor of "Reverse Innovation," describes "Managers as Mentors" as "the must-read for leaders who value innovation, growth, and progress-all treasured byproducts of those learning organizations where leaders mine talent." Leadership guru Jim Kouzes called the book, "The essential handbook for all those who are trusted advisors to aspiring leaders."