Self-Managed Mentoring

a Web-based course sponsored by Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society
and dedicated to the mission of empowering leaders


Acknowledgement: this course was adapted from Mentoring: The Human Touch (Mitstifer, Wenberg, Schatz, 1991) by Susan S. Stratton, Lisa H. Wootton, and Dorothy I. Mitstifer.
Copyright© 2000, Kappa Omicron Nu.

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Bartz (Labarre, 1999) challenges new employees to revise their definition of mentoring. "The assumption behind mentoring—‘I’ll tether myself to one person who will take care of me’—is bankrupt. A better way is to build what I call a ‘personal mosaic’ of influences, experts, and guides. Personal-mosaic building is about breaking mentoring down: What specific skill do I need? What’s my next challenge? For each issue, you seek out an individual—someone who can deal with crises in a certain way, someone who has an excellent time-management system, someone who seems good at handling office politics—for advice, information, and models" (p. 75). This mentoring approach is the basis of the theory of mentoring self-management (Mitstifer, Wenberg, & Schatz, 1994). Essentially a decision-making model, this theory teaches individuals to design and manage their own mentoring plan.

One doesn’t have to be an employee to benefit from mentoring. Individuals can benefit from mentoring at all stages of life. Mentoring self-management has the advantage of situating more of the responsibility onto the mentee and of expanding the notion of mentoring to include peers, parents and siblings, biographies, illuminating materials and media, reflection on field experiences, and serial mentoring. The module that defines the theory and practice of mentoring self-management is entitled: Mentoring the Human Touch.

LaBarre, P. (Ed.). (1999, January). What’s new, what’s not. Fast Company.
Mitstifer, D. I., Wenberg, B. G., & Schatz, P. E. (1994). Mentoring: The Human Touch. East Lansing, MI: Kappa Omicron Nu.

See also Self-Managed Mentoring