Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Portable Mentor: Your Anywhere, Anytime Career Coach and Problem Solver

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Portable Mentor: Your Anywhere, Anytime Career Coach and Problem Solver

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The Portable Mentor: Your Anywhere, Anytime Career Coach and Problem Solver, by Cy Charney 2004. New York, NY: AMACOM 322 pages, Softcover, $18.95

Intended Audience: All

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

The intended audience is the up-and-coming professional who does not have a coach or mentor to address immediate issues that arise in the workplace. The book provides an outline of practical considerations and remedial steps for over 75 common issues.

The top things you learned from reading this book:

This is not a book to read cover to cover. Its purpose is to give the reader an overview of the issues involved in addressing common problems and, in most instances, steps that can be taken to resolve the issue.

In his brief Preface, the author states that The Portable Mentor was written to provide the majority of people who do not have the luxury of a live mentor with a quick reference guide that helps them be more self-sufficient and find their own solutions to recurring workplace problems. The book compiles his conventional wisdom gained from over 25 years as a mentor and coach. He presents more than 75 issues or concerns that, from his experience, a typical new professional may confront in the workplace and provides perspectives or steps to resolve them. The topics are presented in alphabetical order starting with Absenteeism and ending with Working at Home. The book covers such diverse areas as Career, Career Planning, Change, Communicating, Decision-Making, Empowerment, Influencing Senior Management, Performance Review, Re-Engineering Work Processes, Speeches, Teamwork, and Voice Mail. …

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