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Need for Reflection When a Helping Hand in the Workplace Goes Too Far (2013)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"

This article addresses how the desire to assist others can slide into a 'rescuer syndrome', in which the mentoring relationship becomes fraught with unhealthy dependency.

The National, Abu Dhabi, 2013

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