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

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Mentoring on the Run: White-Water Wisdom

Speed is both the genie and the ogre for today’s supervisors. Some thrive on it; some long for the olden days. Like it or not, however, warp speed (a.k.a. cycle time, just in time, or out of time) is a trademark of our unpredictable work environments.

Dubbed “permanent white water” by Peter Vaill in Managing as a Performing Art, the nature of today’s business world challenges the supervisor’s coaching and mentoring responsibilities. There are too many “I’ll have to get back to you” responses to “Help me figure out how to” requests. The pressure to do wins out over the requirement to teach and learn. What can you do to coach on the run and still be effective? How can you keep up with the demands of the ...

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