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

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Tool # 6The Eagle: An Inspirational Story

Our final tool is a poignant story about mentoring found in nature. Its primary purpose is to inspire you as it did us.

The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. “Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?” she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. “Is it possible that this time it will not work?” she thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental ...

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