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About This Video
"Mentoring [is] a dynamic, reciprocal relationship that is mutually beneficial, empowering and enabling."
While mentoring is often viewed as one person giving and the other person receiving, Stacy Blake-Beard, Professor of Management at Simmons College, defines mentoring as a mutually empowering relationship where both parties learn and benefit. Blake-Beard offers insight into the importance of developing mentoring relationships that are based in both similarity and difference – where individuals can build common ground and learn from their differences. She explores the challenges that come with navigating difference and addresses how to overcome roadblocks that can hinder individuals from giving and receiving critical feedback. She also discusses the role differential access can play in influential mentoring relationships and offers strategies for how to start effective mentoring relationships.