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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: mentoring individuals as well as projects
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:37:21 GMT
Can we avoid this topic forking into another mentor going AWOL thread.
We've done that to death already.

The topic of this thread is different:

>> I think as Mentors we probably do a so so job of mentoring Podlings
>> (not bad, but not good as well). But we do a subpar job on mentoring
>> individuals.

Ross

On 1 February 2012 13:54, Ross Gardler <rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
> A discussion on the private list (about some individuals, hence
> private) has turned to a useful generic topic. It has been suggested
> that that part come here, so here it is (with permission from authors,
> the only edit is to remove the original subject which had a personal
> name in it)
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ross Gardler <rgardler@opendirective.com>
> Date: 1 February 2012 11:44
> Subject: mentoring individuals as well as projects
> To: private@incubator.apache.org
>
>
> On 1 February 2012 11:05, Martijn Dashorst <martijn.dashorst@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> ...
>
>> I think as Mentors we probably do a so so job of mentoring Podlings
>> (not bad, but not good as well). But we do a subpar job on mentoring
>> individuals.
>
> +1000
>
> Here's a little anecdote.
>
> About 10 years ago David Crossley mentored me. I'm not sure if he made
> a decision to do so or if it just happened because that is his style.
> However, he mentored me in my first committership, my first leadership
> activities in my first project and my initial Membership. There were
> many other people along the way but it was David who gently pushed me
> forwards at a faster rate than I was willing to push myself.
>
> My point is that when we help guide individuals who demonstrate a
> willingness to contribute those individuals often grow in capacity.
> Sure, it doesn't always work out, people move on or we get it wrong.
> But the balance is, in my experience, positive.
>
> I'd like to think David takes great pride in knowing that a little
> mentoring all those years ago has resulted in me still being here
> today and (hopefully) useful to the foundation and a number of its
> projects.
>
> I do see this happening across a great many projects today. We should
> do more of it and we should facilitate those who want to do it.
>
> Ross
>
>
> --
> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
> Programme Leader (Open Development)
> OpenDirective http://opendirective.com



-- 
Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)
OpenDirective http://opendirective.com

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