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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 EP 22: The Moose Preserve Session, Part 1

In this episode: Non-traditional leaders, security incident denial, post breach changes, and faking it until you make it!

Continue reading PVCSec EP 22: The Moose Preserve Session, Part 1

PVCSec Ep 17: Shooting on Goal

Dear Friends,

Herein is the wonder that is the PVC Security podcast episode seventeen. It is the latest in a collector’s series. Make sure you get them all!

The team talks about patch management, the value of networking during InfoSec conferences, and a fascinating legal case – the outcome of which can impact security professionals for years.

We also talk:

  • Communication skills, the lack thereof and why having some can set you apart.
  • Security Awareness programs and how to build one
  • Exploits for questionable benefit
  • Ed’s soccer (a.k.a. rest-of-the-world football) rant

Plus the Events Calendar and fun and frivolity and more!

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:

Coming soon!

PVCSec Episode 5: Know Your Network! Part 2!

Dear Friends,

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

This episode, chock full of Ed’s unique vocal stylings, carries on the Know Your Network segments into part 2. Paul and Ed also talk about how to talk to C-level executives and the Board of Directors of a company as well as more security theater! Plus:

  • Why Interview questions shouldn’t need excessive preparation (but be prepared);
  • Why you should consider exercise part of your job, so we should all give it more priority;
  • And more!

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:

  • Ed’s spreadsheet is here. The notes on how to use it and the commands for Cisco kit are on the third tab in the spreadsheet. The first tab is a sample, and the second is a blank version.
  • You can use the spreadsheet for other vendor’s gear, such as Juniper and HP. You will need to translate the Cisco commands to your platform.
  • Here’s the link to the HBR article Paul read (regardless of Ed’s comments): Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job
  • Here’s The Critical Path Episode 126
  • We’re now on iTunes! Check us out HERE!