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

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The Third Meeting: Let’s Get Real

Rafa walked into the café, scanned the room, and heaved a sigh of relief. Good. He was the first to arrive. In fact, he was twenty minutes early. He smiled, hoping that Cynthia would note his punctuality and see that he was taking her feedback to heart. He grabbed a seat at a table and checked his email, glancing up frequently, trying to spot Cynthia as she walked in.

During the last two weeks he’d done everything she’d asked him to do, but it had been much harder than he’d anticipated. He felt uncomfortable opening up and sharing his problems with someone he didn’t know all that well and who could potentially give him a thumbs-down on future promotions, no matter what reassurances she offered. He felt uncomfortable ...

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