Plainfield, IL, November 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Lew Sauder and Jeff Porter have released their new book "The Reluctant Mentor: How Baby Boomers and Millennials can Mentor Each Other in the Modern Workplace" a business novel that demonstrates how mentoring can take place across generations.
In this fictional account of Stewart Bicycle Manufacturing, Sauder and Porter explore the working relationship between a successful baby boomer business owner and his Generation Y employee. A self-made man, Roger created his mountain biking business without the help of social networking. Phil, a recent college graduate, has grown up with the Internet and all its related technologies his whole life. Roger assumes he can mentor Phil on the finer points of budgets and spreadsheets but is surprised to learn that Phil can mentor him on a few things as well.
The traditional approach to mentoring was for the more-experienced workers to mentor the younger, workers, handing their knowledge down to the next generation. However, the current young generation, Generation Y, is much more unique than their preceding generations due to recent technological developments and have different experiences to share with their older peers. The term commonly used for this concept is reverse mentoring, but Sauder and Porter believe the optimal solution is multi-generational mentoring--each generation sharing knowledge with the other for better leadership development, better intergenerational relationships, higher employee retention rates, and higher organizational-wide knowledge of technology.
"The Reluctant Mentor" is available immediately in print and electronic format at www.Amazon.com.
Lew Sauder is the author of Consulting 101: 101 Tips for Success in Consulting. He has worked in the IT and consulting industry for over twenty years. Lew has a BS in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.
Jeff Porter is an audio book narrator and producer of business related products to help small and medium organizations develop business. He has worked in information, communication and technology sectors for over 30 years. Jeff has worked in Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States with government, private sector and academia.