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Overcoming the Challenges of Mentoring - Updated

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kim crayton

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Transcript of Overcoming the Challenges of Mentoring - Updated

What Mentoring Is...
​A relationship
Personal (connection)
A commitment
Professionally transformational
Factors For Effective Mentorship
Understand your role:
vocational support
psychosocial support
role modeling
Evaluate your motivation
Honest assessment of your time, talent, and temperament
Set realistic goals
See Example
Respect for mentoring relationship
Identified desired outcomes
What Mentoring is not...
​One off problem solving
Casual (maybe I will, maybe I won't)
Static (it evolves)
Overcoming the Challenges of Mentoring
The 4 Quadrants of Mentoring
​List 3 personal strengths and 3 personal challenges you would have if you were a mentor, mentee or both.
Successful mentoring doesn't just happen...it's planned.
​Mentoring youth is focused on helping young people navigate adolescence and successfully transition into adulthood.
Focused on figuring out "who I am/who am I becoming".
Gaining knowledge and skills.
This could include individual and family counseling, academic support, cultural enrichment, etc. best practice: One-way focused.
​Mentoring adults is focused on gaining career success.
Focused on "how do I become the best at what I do".
Acquiring and demonstrating knowledge and skills.
Best practice: mutually beneficial.
Adults can be cast in role as mentor, mentee or both.
​Personal mentoring can take on any form.
It is unstructured and often open ended
​Professional mentoring should be seen in the same way as an apprenticeship program. With well-defined goals and objectives
Reasons Why the Development Community Needs Effective Mentoring
​The industry needs to do a better job at recruiting and retaining the numbers of new developers needed to fill current and future positions.
Newbies find it difficult to level up on their own.
Learning to code is hard and without someone there giving you a reality check, newbies begin to feel that things are impossible and quit trying.
Since there's no clearly defined path to becoming a programmer, a newbie's knowledge and skill set varies greatly from one individual to another.
Positive mentoring relationships improves the mentees level of organizational engagement and participation, while lowering turnover rates.
Kim Crayton
​​Understanding the difference between personal/professional mentoring and youth/adult mentoring.
Ways to Get Involved:
Sign up to become a mentor
List available Internships
Join the JrDevMentoring on Slack
Mentorship Self-Assessment
Imposter Syndrome
My Personal Pet Peeve!
Learners are NOT suffering from imposter syndrome.
Learning something new is HARD!
Deep learning happens in a iterative process.
Would you consider a baby learning to walk suffering from imposter syndrome.
1. Mentees please stand
2. State in
1 word what you would like help with
3. 1 Mentor to volunteer to have lunch with mentee to answer questions
Lets Make A Match
Looking for a mentor?
Please move to the front.
August 2014
For 6 months I was like a kid in candy store
For me, being black and female in tech is like..
learn to code...it's easy
This shit is hard
Community Engineer
Community Engineering is the intentional and skillful effort of creating environments that support the sharing of common attitudes, interests, and goals which results in more productive, diverse, and inclusive communities.
The process of aligning the "heart" that is community with "engineering" which requires measurable and actionable steps
There is an ongoing mantra within the developer community: that there are far more jobs available then programmers to fill them. Which should be an indication as to the wonderful potential for both business and those learning to code. Yet what often follows such statements are not words of joy but rather a list of frustrations related to the difficulty in finding and retaining enough skilled developers to fill these positions.
The challenge is not in the number of newbies entering the field but the number who leave because they are not able to bridge the divide between bootcamps, online tutorials, books, videos, etc. to an employable developer who is able to contribute to the team.

The developer community is a overwhelmingly generous one and well-designed mentoring or apprenticeship programs could be one answer that business leaders and newbies are looking for.
The business costs associated with corporate hiring managers inability to recruit and retain skilled workers to fill current and future entry-level positions are increasing (Queen, 2014).

The fast pace and uncertainty of today’s economic climate have business leaders turning to mentoring as a strategy for increasing organizational knowledge sharing (Short, 2014).

Organizational leaders reported that ineffective employee mentoring and inadequate knowledge sharing cost Fortune 500 companies over $31.5 billion per year (Shin, Picken, & Dess, 2017).
Doctor of Business Administration
Technology Entrepreneurship
"Successful Strategies For Increasing
Organizational Knowledge Sharing"
Class of 2018
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