Fishing Instructor 101

Being An Effective Mentor

Craig Burton

Software Engineer

PlatformQ

Life is hard

The Wall...

...is tall,

...slippery,

...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

Marie Curie

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

Value

You have value to offer.

[snowflake metaphor here]

Perspective

What is a mentor?

Google defines a mentor as follows:
  1. an experienced and trusted advisor

  2. 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

Gladwell's Rule

Muscles

But, Craig! What if I'm bad at it?

Anyone can do it. The end.

... what makes a good mentor anyway?

Willingness

Wants to teach - It's really obvious.

..."back in my day"...

Everyone makes mistakes.

Time

Investedness (?)

Invest for (mutual) success - "garbage in, garbage out"

Empathy - "I've been there."

Communication is key

Empowerment

Positivity

Why should I get better?

What does it take?

How do I win?

Constructive

Recognize strengths

Growth by challenge

Meet them where they are" (tailored communication)

Celebrate accomplishment

Enthusiasm

Sharing caring is caring...

Culture is learned.

Enthusiasm is infectious.

...but so is negativity.

Respected

Who would you listen to?

Be respected. ... but how do I get there?

Show respect.

"Respect is earned, not given." (but pretend that's only true of you)

Goal-Oriented-ness

Lead by example

Where do you want to be in your career?

How do you plan to get there?

Appreciation vs depreciation

Open-minded

Value (again)

Don't be a "team of one"

Recognize good ideas and approaches

Empowerment (again)

Motivational

Be a good example.

"Be part of the solution, not the problem"

Show initiative

Celebrate initiative

ABL

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

Conclusion

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.

Thanks!

Craig Burton

Software Engineer

PlatformQ