Successful people are always talking about the role their mentors played in their lives. What they don't tell you is how hard they had to work to mine that mentorship gold.
When it comes to finding an amazing mentor you have two choices:
1) you can wait for a fairy-godmother like mentor to see your potential and pull you out of your current situation, or 2) you can learn how to be an amazing protégé and get the most out of the mentors around you.
You are closer to success than you think and there are mentors who really want to help you get there. The catch is... they have no idea how to mentor you. But don't worry, you can make those mentorships work by jumping in the driver's seat and owning the role of a protégé by: learning "how to learn", setting strategic goals, developing a plan, watching for gaps in the process, asking better questions, and measuring your progress.
Modern Mentor: How to find a mentor and make it work, walks through a prescriptive process for identifying quality mentors and establishing strong mentoring relationships from the role of a protégé. By first recognizing the different stages of learning described as acquiring knowledge, developing skill, and then demonstrating ability, the first section, Learning how to Learn, will recalibrate the way readers think about learning new things. Section two, Making a Mentor, reviews the different types of advisors available: consultants, coaches, mentors, and trainers; how these advisors stack up against different learning needs; and how to get the ball rolling with a new mentor. The final and largest section, Becoming a Better Protégé, walks readers through established processes, tips, and routines that increase the quality and output of any mentoring relationship.
Included as a free resource are several downloadable worksheets and exercises that directly align with the Becoming a Better Protégé model.
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