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

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25Unholy Alliances

Mentoring in Precarious Relationships

Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect.

John McCloy

Mentoring is often about two relatively similar people—a wiser mentor and an eager-to-learn protégé—brought together for the facilitation of growth. However, that endeavor takes on a graver tone when the interpersonal relationship between mentor and protégé is dramatically outside the norm. Unholy alliances put a special pressure on the mentor. They likewise place unusual anxiety on the protégé.

The chances a protégé would be the offspring of a mentor in today’s world of enterprise is not that rare, especially in private companies. It is symbolic of the diversity found in today’s workplaces. ...

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