CHAPTER 7

Enabling Growth, Part Two

Engaging in Feedback and Overcoming Obstacles

ENGAGING IN FEEDBACK—asking for it, giving it, receiving it, accepting it, and acting on it—is a vital part of enabling growth for your mentee. Feedback given and received in the right way nurtures the growth of the mentoring relationship; feedback given or received in the wrong way can upend a relationship—but doesn’t need to end it altogether.

Every relationship faces obstacles, and the mentoring relationship is no exception. The challenge is to overcome them and learn from the experience. A mentor who understands how to support, challenge, and provide vision can facilitate mentee growth and development despite obstacles that present themselves. Mentoring partners ...

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