What are some things you wish your mentor did?

Richard Blechinger on January 11, 2019

To those of you who once had a mentor, please take a stroll down memory lane. Those of you who still have a mentor, please think of your current s... [Read Full]
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The best thing a mentor can do is challenge you to aim higher and improve yourself.

My mentors were OK with giving me positive feedback, but I wish they had given me more negative feedback. What can I improve? What are my blind spots?

In practice, though, if the people you're mentoring are co-workers in the same company, you have to be more careful about negative feedback because maybe it's not your place to be doing something that sounds like a performance review.

For mentoring junior co-workers, I've found that the most valuable type of information is about how the company works, the idiosyncracies and the "this-is-how-we-do-things-here" quirks. When you're new to a company there's a lot to absorb, and it can be overwhelming. As a mentor, even just being available for questions can be a huge help.

 

Hey Marek,

thanks for your input. I find it matches with what I had in mind. So I guess I'm not on a completely wrong track. :)

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