Fishing Instructor 101
Being An Effective Mentor
Life is hard
...and it hurts your head.
Someone has to learn
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
- Mark Twain
Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1908
You've been waiting...
[...] if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.
- Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie, 1885
You have value to offer.
[snowflake metaphor here]
What is a mentor?
Google defines a mentor as follows:
an experienced and trusted advisor
An experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students.
...but who is experienced?
Teaching is a skill
But, Craig! What if I'm bad at it?
Anyone can do it. The end.
... what makes a good mentor anyway?
Wants to teach - It's really obvious.
..."back in my day"...
Everyone makes mistakes.
Invest for (mutual) success - "garbage in, garbage out"
Empathy - "I've been there."
Communication is key
Why should I get better?
What does it take?
How do I win?
Growth by challenge
Meet them where they are" (tailored communication)
Sharing caring is caring...
Culture is learned.
Enthusiasm is infectious.
...but so is negativity.
Who would you listen to?
Be respected. ... but how do I get there?
"Respect is earned, not given." (but pretend that's only true of you)
Lead by example
Where do you want to be in your career?
How do you plan to get there?
Appreciation vs depreciation
Don't be a "team of one"
Recognize good ideas and approaches
Be a good example.
"Be part of the solution, not the problem"
In sales, it's "Always be closing"
Learning is a skill, too - Gladwell's Rule again
Times, they are a-changin'
Moore's Law ...of technology frameworks
Encourage culture of learning
Concussions are bad.
Everyone has valuable experience.
Helpful acronym: WIPCERGOMA!
Okay, still needs work.
Be the best you, so you can help others be the best them.