If you are looking for a book that gives practical advice on mentoring, you’ve found it with Cultivate. Jeff Myers begins with the motivation, value, and lasting impact of mentoring and then gives chapters filled with practical advice benefiting both novice and experienced mentors.
Meyers explains and develops six roles that are essential to good mentoring: Modeling, Friendship, Advising, Coaching, Teaching, Sponsoring. He also describes three essential skills necessary for effective mentoring: active listening, asking good questions, and setting worthy goals.
Cultivate’s strength is in the level of detail and useful instruction in each chapter. After introducing a topic like “finding a mentoree”, “deepening your relationship with a mentoree”, or “protecting yourself and your mentoree”, Myers puts feet on his advice by listing sample questions and conversation starters that get at the essence of the topic.
Though the techniques of mentoring are timeless, Myers adapts his material and techniques to the distinctives of today’s young people. The audience for the book is educators and others who work with youth, but anyone who wants to have lasting impact through a mentoring relationship will benefit from the book.