Interesting Data on Mentoring, and on Internet Growth

This week has produced two very interesting data analyses, one on mentoring success and failure, and the other on Internet growth.  I recommend them to you:

  1. A major new scholarly report has just been published on mentoring called “Characteristics of Successful and Failed Mentoring Relationships: A Qualitative Study Across Two Academic Health Centers” by Sharon E. Straus, Mallory O. Johnson, Christine Marquez, and Mitchell D. Feldman, January 2013, Academic Medicine, Volume 88, No. 1.  While this report is in the context of the medical profession, there is much we can all learn from the new findings. The authors completed a qualitative study through the Departments of Medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine between March 2010 and January 2011.  Successful mentoring relationships were characterized by reciprocity, mutual respect, clear expectations, personal connection, and shared values.  I included more about this research in my recent MentorCloud blog entry.
  2. Mary Meeker, a partner at the famous Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, has just published a fascinating analysis: “2012 Internet Trends Year-End Update.” I found the country-by-country data on smart phone usage growth particularly interesting. Check it out at VentureBeat.
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