Dial M for Mentor

Reflections On Mentoring in Film, Television and Literature

Jonathan Gravells, Fargo Associates
Susan Wallace, Nottingham Trent University

Published 2011

This book takes stories of learning relationships from popular films, television programmes and literature, and uses them as a catalyst for beginners and experts alike to reflect critically on their own mentoring and coaching practice. How realistic are our expectations of personal change, and to what extent is the flourishing self-help market responsible for this? What, if any, are the moral responsibilities of executive mentors and coaches, when it comes to global corporate wrongdoing? What should constitute ‘truth’ and ‘knowledge’ in a world in which ambiguity and doubt can appear more effective weapons of survival? What can Pinocchio, The Matrix, Star Wars or The Sopranos tell us about any of this?

Storytelling and metaphor have become of increasing interest in research into leadership and learning. Here is a book which takes the idea of storytelling as a powerful aid to learning and change, and uses it to help practitioners and educators challenge their ideas on mentoring in an entertaining way, by asking themselves some of the difficult questions that these popular stories raise.

Foreword, David Clutterbuck Preface: Mentoring in Popular Culture 1. Turkey, Tomatoes and Poppadoms: Storytelling, and its Role in Making Meaning and Learning 2. Monks, Mobsters, and the Matrix: Knowledge, Learning, Action, and Change 3. Vampires, Hustlers and Tough Love: The Use and Abuse of Power and Trust 4. From the Bada-Bing to the Belly of the Whale (By Way of Belgium): The Mentor as Moral Compass and Conscience 5. Ratso, Rita and the Android: Personal Change and Self-Fulfilment 6. The Enemy Within, or Just a Critical Friend? The Subversive Mentor or Transformation Through Subversion, Humor and Tough Love 7. Attorneys, Aliens and Fools: Mentoring for Diversity and Speaking Truth to Power 8. “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying”: Purpose, Autonomy and the Power of Positive Thinking 9. Summary About the Authors