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Published 03 October 2012 12:20, Updated 08 October 2012 05:48
Society for Knowledge Economics president Steve Vamos: “I don’t ever tell them [mentees] what to do, but rather serve as a confidential sounding board to help them work through the issues and their relative merits.”
One of the most comprehensive books I have ever read on the subject of mentoring is the new book by Peter Wilson, national president of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Mentoring in career and leadership development has a high profile but it is not always well understood, so it is especially pleasing to see an Australian book on the subject as books on management and leadership practice from overseas don’t always translate well.
One of the strengths of this book, Make Mentoring Work, is that it draws from Wilson’s extensive network of contacts from business, politics, the public sector, sport and the arts. Wilson’s interviews with a wide range of leaders and successful executives shed light on the diverse role of mentoring in a variety of settings. Their contribution provides a valuable insight into the attributes of successful mentors and the structures in which the best mentoring relationships flourish.
However, before delving too deeply into the book, I took the relaxing distraction of enjoying some of the many quotes from Wilson’s interviewees that run throughout it. Flicking through the book to take in some of these quotes – ranging from a couple of lines to chunkier extracts – proved informative as well as entertaining.
Here’s a small selection:
Make Mentoring Work, by Peter Wilson, Major Street Publishing, Melbourne, $34.95.