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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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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Moving and motivating—a must-read for practicing professionals and would-be musicians.

STRINGS ATTACHED

ONE TOUGH TEACHER AND THE GIFT OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Inspirational lessons from the life of one tough teacher.

Today’s parents who lament their children stressing over tests may be horrified by the themes of tough love and tenacity offered by this biographical tribute to the late Jerry Kupchynsky, “Mr. K,” a gifted high school strings teacher from East Brunswick, N.J., whose exacting methods helped spawn the careers of generations of musicians and educators. Journalist Lipman and Kupchynsky, a violinist and Mr. K’s daughter, met as children when Mr. K joined his daughter’s exceptional talents on violin with Lipman’s on viola to form half of a string quartet that would also include Kupchynsky’s younger sister, whose disappearance decades later reunited the authors. The bond forged through the intensity of creating music is but one of the storylines running through this engrossing account of Mr. K’s life. Born in 1928 in the Ukraine, Mr. K endured a litany of wartime atrocities before immigrating to the United States as a refugee in 1946. But prior to fleeing to the U.S., it was the sound of a German soldier playing the violin that sparked his love for classical music. Surviving these early hardships helped instill in Mr. K an appreciation of adversity as a motivator, an unflagging belief in the value of hard work and a willingness to fight for the underdog. With a booming Ukrainian accent and “trim” mustache, Mr. K’s battle-ax demeanor and perfectionist drive struck both fear and a ferocious desire to succeed in the hearts of his pupils. One of his more unforgiving approaches involved singling out a section’s weakest player—“Who eez deaf in first violins?”—and forcing the guilty party to play alone with a stronger player until the weak one improved. While tactics like these may not have earned his students’ immediate devotion, they never forgot him and often found they could achieve more than they ever dreamed.

Moving and motivating—a must-read for practicing professionals and would-be musicians.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4013-2466-7

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Aug. 18, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2013

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