Essay on Mentors Case Study

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Business 318
Case Study 3
Generation Gap: Mentors and Protégés (Chap 13 ) pg 442

1. I believe in order for a mentor program to be successful there should be a formal type of structure with support from all levels of management. I believe that employees who are going into the mentoring program as either Mentees or Mentors should also be motivated individuals who choose to participate and not instructed to do so. If I were building a mentoring program I would first start with a formal structure that would have a set up of expectations as a mentor and a mentee of what is expected from both parties. I would complete a match process for mentors to mentees that would use a character/trait comparison of what accomplishments both have and
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4. I would say that charismatic and transformational type of leaders would be the best type of leaders for a mentor relationship. In particular leaders with Idealized influence, Inspirational Motivation, Intellectual Stimulation, and Individualized Consideration characteristics would be the best to look for in a mentor relationship. Leaders with Laissez-Faire, Management by Exception (passive & active) characteristics are going to be the best mentors because they generally are not going to be an effective leader compared to the other leaders who lead by example.

Eric Ringenberg
Business 318
Case Study 3
The Politics of Backstabbing (Chapter 14) Pg 477

1. I believe that some individuals just have a ‘built in’ character that in a way allows them to backstab others for their gain. What I mean by this is that the person’s character is flawed in the manner that they don’t see the actions they are doing as un-ethical; instead they determine the actions are necessary to get the end result of a goal they set no matter the cost to others. I believe that over time individuals lose site of their ethics and began to engage in political backstabbing as a way to get ahead because this practice has begun to become a norm for organizational politics. In particular I believe the main contributing factor is the environment that the individual is presented into in such that if the organization looks the other way when political backstabbing occurs then that individual
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