New Mentoring Skills for Managers & Parents

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New Mentoring Skills for Managers

New Mentoring Skills for Parents

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Quotes from Reviews:

“The surprising premise of the book is that effective and involving (or participatory) managers and parents use virtually identical strategies.  Some will find the parallel between management and parenting distasteful, thinking it involves treating employees like children.  The approach is precisely the opposite:  find out what good managers are doing, and replicate that with children. [T]he book is very easy to read, includes lots of fun stories, and is extremely sensible.  Fun and worthwhile stuff!

Bob Drago, Ph. D.
Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations
Pennsylvania State University

“It’s the format that’s fresh and appealing to a generation of parents who use jargon such as conferencing, coaching and mentorship, and have one foot planted in the workplace and the other at home with kids.”

Joanne Good
Calgary Herald

“This reader-friendly guide teaches how to build respectful, collaborative relationships at work and at home….  Every family can benefit.”

Metro Family Magazine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“…an insightful and engaging guide for managers who strive to bring out the best in their employees and their children—not to mention managers whose employees are their children.”

Barbara Spector
Family Business

“The book models four valuable strategies for mentoring employees and children, and can also be used successfully by teachers in the classroom.”

Bureau of Education and Research Newsletter

“…offers strategies and self-help worksheets for dealing with difficult situations involving children and colleagues. Readers willing to take the time to access, and possibly change, their control styles will find helpful worksheets and journal pages for exploring the concept of mentoring.”

Rena Fulka
The Star [Chicago Area]

“Relationships and responsibility can be nurtured together.”

Lisa Tedrick Prejean
Hagerstown Herald, Hagerstown, Pennsylvania

“…goes into considerable detail on mentoring skills, with a number of self-tests and long sections devoted to structuring, coaching, conferencing and ‘letting go…’”

Harry Wessel
Orlando Sentinel

“…new book on successful management skills…the same successful techniques can be used to manage employees and children.”

Paula Burkes Erickson
The Daily Oklahoman

“Duo pens book showing great leaders are mentors in workplace….  Mielenz and Dowling have filled their book with worksheets to help people discover their managing style, anecdotes of how people have used some of these techniques and a straight narrative that spells out their mentoring model.”

MaryBeth Matzek
Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin

“…begins with two quizzes to help readers determine their control styles at work and at home.”

L. A. Johnson
Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mentor Manager, Mentor Parent recognizes that mentoring can be used at home and at work to help others not only work for you, but also work with you.”

Corporate Newsletter
Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists

“I especially liked the section on clarifying values, whether for a home or an organization, and stating related expectations.  Clarity and clear expectations make any situation better.”

Anne Thomasmeyer

“…reveals perceptive parallels between  managing and parenting for anyone who is a manager at work and has children at home.”

The Ardmorite
Ardmore, Oklahoma

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Newspapers and Magazines:

Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas
Alsip-Blue Island Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Ardmorite, Ardmore, Oklahoma
Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta Canada
Calumet City Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Chicago Heights Area Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Crete-University Park Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Family Business Magazine
Frankfort-Mokena Star, Frankfort, Illinois
Hagerstown Herald, Hagerstown, Maryland
Harvey Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Hazel Crest/Country Club Hills Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Homer Township Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Homewood-Flossmoor Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Juneau Empire, Juneau, Alaska
Journal Record, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Lansing Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Longview News-Journal, Longview, Texas
McAllen Monitor, McAllen, Texas
Matteson-Richton Park Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Metro Family Magazine, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Milford Times, Milford, Michigan
New Lenox Star, New Lenox, Illinois
Northville Record, Northville, Michigan
Novi News, Northville, Michigan
Oak Forest-Midlothian, Tinley Park, Illinois
Oak Lawn Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Orlando Florida Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Park Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Palos Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Park Forest Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin
Press Dispatch, Victorville/Barstow, California
Progress-Index, Petersburg, Virginia
South Holland Star, Chicago Heights, Illinois
South Lyon Herald, South Lyon, Michigan
Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Tinley Park Star, Tinley Park, Illinois
Traverse City News, Cadillac, Michigan
The Villages, The Villages, Florida
Worth-Chicago Ridge Star, Tinley Park, Illinois

Internet Review Links

Review by Bob Drago, Ph. D., Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Pennsylvania State University
Click on Workfam ARCHIVES; Click on April 2003


Review by Harry Wessel, Orlando Sentinel
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