If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.

Xun Zi

“Siamese twins!” whispered the silver-headed, elegantly dressed woman to her friend seated beside her. “They dance like two people who are one.” Her colleague nodded with enthusiastic agreement as they watched the two dancers merge, spin, disengage, reemerge in a human blend as harmonious as light with shadow. “They are magic in motion,” the friend whispered back.

Mentoring at its best is a partnership, like two dancers perfectly in sync. Partnership learning positions both parties—mentor and protégé—on a collective journey of discovery. As the mentor ...

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