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THE ART OF MENTORING

A clear, concise guide to the basics of the mentoring process.

Debut author Gundlapalli, the founder of MentorCloud, a “peer-to-peer learning and mentoring platform,” presents an overview of his field from the perspectives of both the mentor and mentee. His description of these two terms is as straightforward as the rest of the book: “A mentor is someone who ‘cares and shares.’ A mentee is someone who ‘trusts and acts.’ ” The book begins by addressing some common myths about mentoring, including the misconception that mentees are the only ones to benefit from the experience. Gundlapalli debunks this idea by making an impassioned case that frames mentoring not just as a way to help others, but also to gain “real validation for your knowledge.” This theme recurs in the book’s most prominent chapter, in which the author shares 14 “core traits” of good mentors, such as “Identify and amplify strengths” and “Listen without being judgmental.” Some of these are more obvious than others, but the author describes them all in appropriate detail. Gundlapalli enhances the work with accounts of his own experiences and others’; in several cases, he illustrates his own role as a mentee, demonstrating how readers may assume each role at different points in their lives. A separate, similar chapter, which lists and describes six habits of good mentees, is less comprehensive, including such traits as “Trust and take action” and “Provide regular updates.” Some of these will strike readers as simply common sense, but they can still be of use to those seeking to make their time with a mentor as productive as possible. Also of value is the author’s “4-step process” for connecting with the right advisers. Readers won’t learn very much that’s new or different about mentoring here. But Gundlapalli is highly knowledgeable about his subject, and his writing style is personal, informal, and engaging throughout. The examples he provides are always relevant, and he augments the text with illustrations and inspirational sayings, including several by Napkinsights.

An often engaging work that will serve as a useful primer for students or midlevel business managers who might be unfamiliar with the nuances of the mentor-mentee relationship.

Pub Date: March 23, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5446-0468-8

Page Count: 128

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2017

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

COLUMBINE

Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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THE ABOLITION OF MAN

The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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