An often engaging work that will serve as a useful primer for students or midlevel business managers who might be unfamiliar...

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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INSIDE AMERICAN EDUCATION

THE DECLINE, THE DECEPTION, THE DOGMAS

American schools at every level, from kindergarten to postgraduate programs, have substituted ideological indoctrination for education, charges conservative think-tanker Sowell (Senior Fellow/Hoover Institution; Preferential Polices, 1990, etc.) in this aggressive attack on the contemporary educational establishment. Sowell's quarrel with "values clarification" programs (like sex education, death-sensitizing, and antiwar "brainwashing") isn't that he disagrees with their positions but, rather, that they divert time and resources from the kind of training in intellectual analysis that makes students capable of reasoning for themselves. Contending that the values clarification programs inspired by his archvillain, psychotherapist Carl Rogers, actually inculcate values confusion, Sowell argues that the universal demand for relevance and sensitivity to the whole student has led public schools to abdicate their responsibility to such educational ideals as experience and maturity. On the subject of higher education, Sowell moves to more familiar ground, ascribing the declining quality of classroom instruction to the insatiable appetite of tangentially related research budgets and bloated athletic programs (to which an entire chapter, largely irrelevant to the book's broader argument, is devoted). The evidence offered for these propositions isn't likely to change many minds, since it's so inveterately anecdotal (for example, a call for more stringent curriculum requirements is bolstered by the news that Brooke Shields graduated from Princeton without taking any courses in economics, math, biology, chemistry, history, sociology, or government) and injudiciously applied (Sowell's dismissal of student evaluations as responsible data in judging a professor's classroom performance immediately follows his use of comments from student evaluations to document the general inadequacy of college teaching). All in all, the details of Sowell's indictment—that not only can't Johnny think, but "Johnny doesn't know what thinking is"—are more entertaining than persuasive or new.

Pub Date: Jan. 4, 1993

ISBN: 0-02-930330-3

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Free Press

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1992

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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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