Mentoring
This is my site Written by Alora on December 11, 2006 – 1:42 pm

One of the things that I was bummed about as a result of the re-org here at work was that I lost my direct reports. There were actually two sides to that:

  1. On one hand, I wanted to have direct reports as a matter of resume-building, and to cultivate my formal managerial training.
  2. On the other hand, I like the idea of being able to help mentor other people.

And now I seem to have found myself in a compromise that I think I may like: I seem to be the “senior” project manager on my team, so I am helping to train/coach/mentor junior PM’s, without having to actually be responsible for managing them.

There are pros and cons to each of those things, but I think (at the moment, anyway) they are breaking in my favor for the most part.

The only real downside is that, since I’ve found myself in this role when it comes to one of our most high profile projects at the moment, my name is going to be assigned to it as the project manager of record, and the person I am mentoring will be working behind the scenes. Good for me/bad for him if the project goes well. Bad for me/good for him if it doesn’t.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.