I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life—whoever you are, whatever our differences.
Mentoring is rarely the simple, cooperative experience the Jack and Tracy story has demonstrated. Mentoring often carries special challenges that test the skill of the mentor and try the patience of the protégé. Consider this section a special overlay for everything thus far covered in the book.
Two special conditions particularly affect the quality of the mentoring relationship: the players and the playground! In the chapter on unholy alliances, we will explore several peculiar player conditions: peer-to-peer mentoring, mentoring ...