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

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Affirm Responsible Freedom

Learning takes risks, and risk taking involves breaking patterns and abandoning “the way we’ve always done it.” To get effective protégé growth, it is important to affirm appropriate risk taking—not foolhardy recklessness. One high-tech company gives its annual “green weenie” award to the individual who, while clearly pursuing excellence, made a mistake that produced the greatest organizational learning and improvement.

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