The Mentorship of John Cooper (B)
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This case is a supplement to The Mentorship of John Cooper (A).
The objective of this set of two cases is to teach students about the topic of mentorship and its value in the context of making important career decisions. What may seem to be a straightforward decision for John Cooper, whether to incorporate his own consulting company, is actually complicated by the rich and valuable mentoring relationship between him and Alan Kirkpatrick. In discussing the case, students should carefully examine the decision being weighed, as well as evaluate the history of professional development undergone by John Cooper with Alan Kirkpatrick as his dynamic mentor. The objectives of the cases are to:
- Take a long-term perspective on making major career decisions.
- Identify the risks of the decision and mitigate them through effective communication.
- Build a plan to make and follow through on the decision.
- Identify the characteristics of good mentees and mentors.
- Identify and discuss the tangible and intangible elements of effective mentorship programs.
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