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

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19Inviting Your Protégé to Enchantment

The Gift of Story

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

Hannah Arendt

“People are different. They don’t all see things the same way.” It was the opening line of a mentor’s effort to help his protégé cope with the challenges of learning about relationships. The mentor continued: “It reminds me of the comic strip Mutt and Jeff.” In the early 1960s the comic strip was one of everybody’s favorites.

“Mutt and Jeff were playing a competitive game of golf and having a great time,” the mentor began. “As they approached the ninth tee, they were even. As Mutt was setting up to tee off, he turns and says to Jeff, ‘You know, Jeff, if everybody saw like I did, everybody would want ...

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