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Managers as Mentors, 3rd Edition by Marshall Goldsmith, Chip R. Bell

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3Assessing Your Mentoring Talents

A Self-Check Scale

He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.

Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching

Self-assessment: does the term make you think of navel gazing? Perhaps you’ve had enough of the joys of testing, performance reviews, exams, and the like. For many, testing feels more about masochism than mastery! However, drawing a finer bead on our gifts and blind spots is a precursor to improvement and growth—and that, after all, is what mentoring is all about.

The Mentor Scale is a painless way to determine what personal attributes you bring to the mentoring relationship. The goal is not to judge, evaluate, or criticize you as a person; there are no right or wrong answers. The objective is to offer you a ...

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