One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor – And Why You’ll Benefit from Being One
Hardcover: 130 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (2017)
Co-author Ken Blanchard, PhD, is among the most influential leadership experts in the world. In addition to co-authoring 60 books, he was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time in 2005. Along with his wife, Margie, he is cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a leading international training and consulting firm.
Co-author Claire Diaz-Ortiz is a speaker and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She is the cofounder of Hope Runs, a nonprofit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya.
Why ‘One Minute’ mentoring? The authors note they have found the best advice was succinct, to the point, and was given in less than one minute. Sounds reasonable to me as that has been my experience as well. True to the title, the book’s messages are delivered in direct passages that cut to the chase.
Early on, in the Introduction, the authors clearly inform the reader of the book’s intent — how to find and use a mentor; and how to be a good mentor.
In a thoughtful, engaging way, the authors outline a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring. Blanchard explains why developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for both individuals and organizations.
Conveniently enough, the mentoring steps are spelled out in the mnemonic Mission, Engagement, Network, Trust, Opportunity, Review and Renewal.
The book concludes with a very short chapter, Coaching versus Mentoring. A good way to end the book as I have often heard people confuse the two or use them interchangeably. As the authors note, although mentors do use some coaching skills, mentoring is greater in breadth and depth, encompassing tasks such as being a role model, consulting, brokering, and advocating.
Each of the – short – 18 chapters concludes with a One Minute Insight, a summary of sorts, which implores the reader to pause, reflect, and learn. The brief, focused chapters, with their summarizing insights, and the overall brevity of the book makes it easily digestible.
At 130 pages, One Minute Mentoring can be easily read over the course of a weekend. One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor – And Why You’ll Benefit from Being One is available in Kindle, Audible Audiobook, hardcover, and paperback formats at Amazon.