Chapter 2

Mentoring Organically

K. Quinnell,    Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States


This chapter defines traditional and informal mentoring, identifies the principles and traits of good mentors and then combines two theories to provide a framework for mentoring organically through relationships. Munroe’s levels of friendships and Kram’s stages of mentoring are used to illustrate through anecdotal examples how organic mentoring can work.


informal mentoring; phases of mentoring; flash mentoring; virtual mentoring; group mentoring; peer mentoring; reverse mentoring; situational mentoring

According to Zabel, “retirements will peak between 2015 and 2019” (2008, p. 349), but what happens if we do not have people ready to ...

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