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The How of Mentoring

Over on my site, Busy | Paul R. Jorgensen, I waxed about the folks I’m officially and unofficially mentoring. Tonight I expounded, pompous mentor-like, on a number of topics (to a junior colleague and a brilliant yet unfortunate senior colleague, stuck in our orbit by her ardent professionalism & unerring politeness & desire to make well-earned fun of us). I’ll leave the “what landed as useful“ versus “couldn’t wait for him to shut up” ratio to my audience; I only hope the ratio is favorable to my ego.

This discussion, added to other broader team chats and emails and instant messages and whatnot, present an interesting question:

Setting aside the formulated “what” of being a mentor, where’s the “how”?

Seriously, there are any number of books telling mentors what to do:
be available, be open, be ruthless (but not too ruthless), be not too available, be not too open. Recommend a schedule. Don’t recommend a schedule. Build up! Don’t forget to break down. Do this; don’t do that. The latest book countermands the previous book.

Here at PVC Security we stick to four pillars – Passion, Vision, Communication, and Execution. They’re as applicable to mentoring as to most serious endeavours. Yet, “how” is still variable.

  • How do you instill passion when they’re new? If they’re cynical?
  • How do you convey vision when they don’t know the landscape?
  • How do you encourage communication and collaboration in a lone wolf or a lost cub (which every new hire is until they find their footing, regardless of place)?
  • How do you coach execution when they’ve never delivered anything before? When they’ve never delivered anything themselves but as part of a team? When they’ve delivered but it lacked success? When they delivered successfully and think they know better than everyone else? When they won’t deliver because they’re afraid to be wrong?

How do you, Dear Friends, approach mentoring?
If you received mentoring, how did he or she deliver it and what impact did it have on you?
If you’ve mentored, what do you find successful and what do you find best to avoid?

Comment here, email us at [email protected], or tweet with #askpvcsec for us to see your musings. If your response piques our interest, we might invite you on the podcast.

Stay tuned!

And Thank You!

PVCSec EP 25: Growing Cultures w/ Kai Roer

On this episode: Paul talks with Kai Roer on security culture + framework, awareness, his book, the Security Culture Conference, a special contest, and more!

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PVCSec EP 19: Security Awareness w/ Amanda Berlin

Dear Friends,

It’s Security Awareness week on the PVC Security Podcast. Ed is M.I.A. this week, likely wandering aimlessly somewhere undisclosed. Undeterred, Paul’s delighted by this week’s guest cohost – InfoSystir, the infamous Amanda Berlin.

Paul and Amanda, with Senior Baseball Correspondent Tim DeBlock, discuss Security Awareness programs and job changes and security in the popular media. We also talk about security conferences and specifically CircleCityCon ’15.

Paul reflects on the Fukushima earthquake + tsunami + nuclear disaster anniversary and the lessons we security professionals learned. Or he hopes we learned them.

We don’t know but can only hope that your health coverage will reimburse you for the expenses related to Paul singing solo this week. If you found it less awful than the usual duet, then please enjoy your good luck.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This also isn’t your typical management and leadership podcast. This is the PVC Security Podcast.

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PVCSec EP 18: Fog Computing w/ Paul Coggin

Dear Friends,

On this very special PVC Security podcast, the boys are joined by the inimitable Paul Coggin, he of BGP routing security and all things Bsides Huntsville (Alabama).

Listen for these auditory treats:

  • Does Ed get an answer to his Fog Computing questions?
  • How often do Paul and Paul get confused?
  • How often are Paul and Paul confused?
  • How often does Ed or Tim, Senior Baseball Correspondent, confuse them?
  • How many times is BGP mentioned?

Listeners, beware listening to Paul Coggin. You may find your telco marks your questions “out of scope” in the desperate hope of getting you to go away when you ask questions Paul recommends.

The boys talk about the risks vendors introduce into an organization, the success that was the Bsides Huntsville event, government officials with their own shadow IT and the implications thereof, trying new things, the latest SSL issue (as we recorded the episode), and professional jealousy.

Don’t forget the security community calendar and whatever else we deign to record.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This also isn’t your typical management and leadership podcast. This is the PVC Security Podcast.

Show Notes:

Stay tuned!

PVCSec Ep 16: Adaptive Defense

Dear Friends,

The next episode of the PVC Security Podcast, number sixteen in a collector’s series, is upon you! The team talks about Lenovo’s unfortunate fishing issue, adaptive defense, and speaks to mentoring.

Plus: quick hits and updates, such as:

  • SIM cards, the NSA & GCHQ & You
  • Samsung Eavesdropping (after all the other tech companies)
  • Our community events calendar at http://www.pvcsec.com/events/community-events-calendar/

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This also isn’t your typical management and leadership podcast. This is the PVC Security Podcast.

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PVCSec Episode 13: The Ways of the Wolf

Dear Friends,

The next episode of the PVC Security Podcast, the thirteenth in a collector’s series, is upon you!

The boys are joined this time by the one and only J Wolfgang Goerlich (@jwgoerlich) to talk InfoSec and leadership and learning and community and song! And more!

Plus: quick hits, updates, and some of the feedback we’ve received.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This also isn’t your typical management and leadership podcast. This is the PVC Security Podcast.

Share & Enjoy!

Show Notes:

(Maybe) Coming Soon!