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Public Sector Manager - - Contents - by Niël Stein­mann

Books to help man­agers suc­ceed in their daily du­ties

The need for men­tor­ship is greater than ever be­fore. How­ever, in­for­mal men­tor­ing has not kept up with the chal­lenges in busi­ness. In his lat­est book on men­tor­ing, Niël Stein­mann, sug­gests a struc­tured and in­ten­tional ap­proach to men­tor­ing, called cru­cial men­tor­ing con­ver­sa­tions.

He ex­plains:“Our suc­cess in life is dic­tated by the qual­ity of re­la­tion­ships we can build and main­tain. Par­ents, teach­ers and lead­ers from any ca­reer, pro­fes­sional, or ed­u­ca­tional set­ting are now chal­lenged to suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ships.”

The book is rich with ad­vice and ex­plores the var­i­ous con­ver­sa­tions cru­cial for men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ships.

It will help you hold deeper and more hon­est con­ver­sa­tions that cre­ate new lev­els of self-aware­ness and op­por­tu­ni­ties for those you men­tor to trans­form sit­u­a­tions and re­la­tion­ships around them.

It presents the men­tor with prac­ti­cal tools to fa­cil­i­tate this aware­ness and learn­ing in ways that en­rich, chal­lenge, in­spire and en­able mentees to learn about them­selves and their world.

When you men­tor in­ten­tion­ally, op­por­tu­ni­ties for cru­cial con­ver­sa­tions present them­selves all the time from find­ing pur­pose to nav­i­gat­ing ca­reer chal­lenges, per­for­mance feed­back, devel­op­ing strengths and how to man­age pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ships and net­works both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

About the au­thor

Niël Stein­mann is a spe­cial­ist busi­ness con­sul­tant and reg­is­tered in­dus­trial psy­chol­o­gist. In 1999 he founded Peo­ple's Dy­namic Devel­op­ment, a man­age­ment con­sul­tancy that utilises African analo­gies to de­velop peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease their per­for­mance ca­pac­ity. Stein­mann is the au­thor of Fun­da­men­tals for ef­fec­tive men­tor­ing: Rais­ing gi­ant killers.

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