Center for Mentoring Excellence

Mentoring Matters

October 2014
Volume 5 | Issue 9
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We agree with Pulitzer Prize winner  
 Tom Friedman's recent New York Times article entitled It Takes a Mentor.

Mentoring is the key to successful career development and that means that mentoring is a lifelong pursuit. We never outgrow our need for having our goals
and dreams encouraged. And who doesn't want to be engaged at work and thriving in their overall well-being? Our organizations and institutions must develop mentoring cultures that deliver on fulfillment of the promise of mentoring.

Make the first 90 days of your mentoring relationships a success and establish a foundation for lasting growth and development.

Starting Strong: Mentoring Strategies for the First 90 Days
Lois Zachary and Lory Fischler


Free Live Webinar:  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET; 10:00-11:00 am PT

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 A Note to Our Readers:

We believe that leaders cannot be effective without a strong and ongoing commitment to mentoring excellence. This belief, our passion for mentoring excellence, and our extensive experience in the field with organizations led us to create the Center for Mentoring Excellence. 


At our virtual center,, you will find mentoring tools and resources, expert advice and a forum for sharing best mentoring practices. We hope that you will visit us there and let us know how we can continue to help you raise the bar on mentoring in your organization.

Starting Strong: A Sneak Preview

With so many seminars, courses, training programs and published books (we've even written some of them) available, why is it that so many mentoring relationships seem to lose their way during the first ninety days?


This question was top of mind as we wrote our new book, Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable that will release this month from Wiley.


In our new fable, you become an armchair observer. You watch and listen to the thoughts and conversations between Cynthia, an experienced executive and savvy mentor, and Rafa, a high potential GenYer just itching to get ahead, as their mentoring relationship gets started and begins on its course. In the process, they discover (and you learn about) the importance of a well-launched mentoring relationship, the critical role of preparation, how to build a trusting, open and honest relationship, how to maximize their mentoring time, how mentors help mentees take charge of their own learning, and how to address stumbling blocks, without jeopardizing the relationship.


We know how important it is to have the tools to engage in similar conversations that's why we included a Conversation Playbook with guided questions for each of the six essential conversations that you need to have in the first 90 days.


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Early Praise for Starting Strong

"Starting Strong is not to be missed by anyone open to this life-changing partnership."  


Marshall Goldsmith,  author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There


"Remarkable! One of the finest books I have read on mentoring, this accessible and practical book reads like a novel, and rings with the reality of the business world even as it brilliantly moves us deep inside the mentoring relationship at its best."

Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Senior Fellow,

Whidbey Institute, and author of  Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners


"Lois Zachary and Lory Fischler provide insight into the distinction, yet interdependence, of a mentoring and coaching culture. Highlighting the keys to fostering successful and sustainable mentoring relationships, their easy-to-read storytelling style and practical working guides make this an invaluable resource to any individual or group mentoring or coaching program looking to adopt successful techniques."


Joanne Robinson, director of professional development, Ontario Principals' Council


"In this strikingly engaging book, Zachary and Fischler focus on one of the most important dynamics in mentoring: how trust is established at the beginning of the relationship. Through a series of conversations that show the ways listening and questioning work to deepen communication, Starting Strong takes us to the heart of what it means to be a mentor."  


Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis-St. Paul


Dr. Fran Kochan

"I love this book! It captures the essence of mentoring in a very unique way by taking the reader on an intimate journey as two individuals create and foster their mentoring relationship." 


Dr. Frances Kochan, Wayne T. Smith

Distinguished Professor, Auburn University


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