Chip Bell defined mentoring as - "Someone who helps someone else learn something that he or she would have learned less well, more slowly or not at all if left alone". In the early years of my career, I changed career streams from an Electronics environment into a Project Office as a Project Adminis...
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| Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Chip Bell defined mentoring as - "Someone who helps someone else learn something that he or she would have learned less well, more slowly or not at all if left alone".
In the early years of my career, I changed career streams from an Electronics environment into a Project Office as a Project Administrator. The Manager of the Project Office (Gordon DesBrulais) was a knowledgeable and experienced manager, who was passionate about Project Management. I was extremely fortunate to have such a person as my mentor and coach. He assisted me in igniting my passion for project management - something that has never left me. As a result, it has become one of the pillars of my foundation, in giving back, within the project management community.
I have stayed within the Project Management industry for the past 20 years and have managed many projects and programmes, with one of my principal philosophies being people work with me and not for me. Accordingly, keeping this philosophy in mind, you will realise that people are fundamental to the success within Project Management.
I have had the opportunity of developing a number of junior Project Managers and seeing them grow within their careers. The benefit has been intangible; satisfaction, improving self-esteem, and thus also growing myself (professionally and personally) during this process.
One of the critical success factors within the Project Management Profession is to nurture junior Project Managers. Mentoring and Coaching can cement a solid foundation within the individual and should develop the individuals confidence in managing projects, as well as improving the teams performance and motivation.
While baptism by fire or throwing one into deep end, often remains a popular strategy for getting new employees up to speed, I would suggest the following approach for junior Project Managers:
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