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Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable by Lory A. Fischler, Lois J. Zachary

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The First Meeting: Powering Up

A bad accident on the 101 at 7:30 A.M. had backed up traffic for miles. At this rate, Cynthia wasn’t sure she would get through it in time for her first meeting with Rafa, her new mentee. Rescheduling certainly wouldn’t make for a good start to the relationship. She pounded the wheel with her fists. I hate being late! Realizing there was nothing she could do, she sighed, settled back in her seat, and began thinking about the relationship she was about to begin with Rafa. I might as well use this time for something productive.

Cynthia liked what she had seen in Rafa’s email: his easy style and his wry humor. His direct way of responding to her questions intrigued her and offered some insight into his personality. ...

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