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Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization by Peter Chee, William Rothwell

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CHAPTER 5LAYING THE FOUNDATION

Good beginnings promise a good end.”

—English proverb

Start Strong, Finish Strong

Every sensible person wants to finish strong. In the context of mentoring relationships, it means having a relationship that is highly productive and possibly long term. How can mentors improve their chances of achieving this end result?

Conventional wisdom suggests that if you want to finish strong, you’ve got to start strong. For example, the ancient Greek philosopher Plato asserts that “[the] beginning is the most important part of the work,” and an old English proverb teaches us that “a good beginning makes a good ending.” Even moderns such as Stephen Covey recommend something similar—“Begin with the end in mind.”

The anecdotal ...

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