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

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Let Time Pass before Follow-Up

The quickest route to delivering a message of dependence is to follow up with a protégé too soon after departure. Wait a week or more before calling or visiting. Setting your relationship free takes space and time. Should you follow up at all? Absolutely! Partners follow up on partners. The key is, not too quickly. Allow weaning time.

Let your protégé be his or her own person. There may be times when a former protégé is being honored and you will feel the urge to share the limelight. We know a professor who always wanted to share the credit when one of his students achieved some award. While pride was obviously a part of his response—“I was his major professor”—the action tended to keep his former protégé stuck ...

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