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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 comments@pvcsec.com, 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!

Converge Detroit Slide Decks

We enjoyed our time at Converge Detroit < understatement.

Ed’s & Paul’s slide decks are available! Check out the 4 Pillars of Leadership talk and the PVCSec LIVE! talk presentation materials.

Thanks again to the event, the sponsors, the volunteers, and all the attendees. We’re already looking forward to Converge Detroit 2016.

PVCSec Ep 29: Etiquette

In this episode, more working from home, improving your soft skills, and how to find passion when you don’t have any. Plus BIG NEWS!

Continue reading PVCSec Ep 29: Etiquette

PVCSec at Converge/Bsides Detroit

Dear Friends,

Two great tastes that taste great together – that is one way to describe the upcoming appearance of 66% to 100% of PVCSec at Converge/Bsides Detroit 16 – 17 July. This year, Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit Michigan US of A (a.k.a. “The Arsenal of Democracy”) hosts the event.

Ed & Paul will together present 4 Pillars – Passion, Vision, Communication, Execution. They will cover security and leadership for practitioners at all levels.

If that excites you, and we KNOW that it does, then for this next part please make sure you seat yourself before proceeding.

There will be a LIVE PVC Security Podcast as well! Honored and excited by the invitation doesn’t begin to describe our emotions. Paul & Ed (and we hope Tim) will sing and talk and joke and rant and laugh and whatever else. Audience participation is not only welcome but strongly encouraged.

You, yes YOU, could end up on the podcast!

As soon as we have more details we shall be sure to share with you, the Listener. Get your tickets NOW!

Stay Tuned!

PVCSec Episode 1: Four Pillars of Leadership

The inaugural PVCSec podcast is upon you!

This episode, recorded second yet posted first, speaks exclusively about the Four Pillars of Leadership. Ed and Paul talk about the pillars, their experiences, and how this information is valuable to those uninterested in becoming leaders or those looking to follow the right leaders.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This isn’t your typical management or business podcast either. It is the PVCSec podcast.

Share & Enjoy!