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Who is your mentor in Project Management? How has your mentor helped you?
I am interested in finding a mentor and wondered if others have found mentoring helpful?
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Hello Lori, my Project Mentors were professionals who helped me understand the human, social and strategic relationships in each company where I worked, not necessarily giving me technical knowledge, but teachings of Leadership and Strategy.
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2 replies by Demetrius Williams and Ruth Pearce
Feb 13, 2017 5:18 PM
Ruth Pearce
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I agree. Mentors to help us develop relationship skills and to fit into our organizations are more important to me than technical skills mentors.
Feb 15, 2017 10:40 PM
Demetrius Williams
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Hi Lori, because of my background I have found both beneficial. Mentors are definitely important and needed for growth. I would definitely recommend joining your local PMI Chapter as well.
I echo Wagner's response - The same applies to me.
Thanks Wagner and Rami: My situation has been very similar to yours. There are several people in my company that I respect and go to for support and guidance when needed. Most of their leadership has been in human, social and strategic relationships as well vs. technical. Our company does offer a mentoring program, but it is an application process and then you must be selected and matched. They select a certain number of individuals per year. Do your companies do this? Does anyone know if PMI offers a mentoring program?.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 13, 2017 7:18 PM
Rami Kaibni
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You're welcome Lori ... PMI Local Chapters offer mentoring programs for sure. At least Im sure about our chapter here.
Hi Lori,

When I've worked in big IT organizations, my mentor was my N+1 or N+2. They transmitted me the passion for doing a great job and improve every day my skills. There were not a difficult application process because not all people used this great opportunity, and there were more mentors that people interested in this program.

After start working as a freelance, I don't have a real mentor, but in each project, I'm improving different skills, or learn something new, due to work with different PMO or other project managers with different certifications backgrounds.

I've seen in my local chapter website that they offered this services. Did you check your local chapter?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 13, 2017 7:16 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Maria, what do you mean by N+1 & N+2 ?
Hi Maria: Thank you for sharing your experience. I know what you mean about improving your skills and learning happens with each project. That has definitely been my experience too. I think asking my local PMI chapter is a great suggestion - our PMI chapter is excellent. I will check there for sure!
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Feb 13, 2017 5:07 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Wellcome, by the way, if your chapter don't have it, maybe you can propose it, and mentor juniors or future project managers.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Feb 13, 2017 4:52 PM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hi Maria: Thank you for sharing your experience. I know what you mean about improving your skills and learning happens with each project. That has definitely been my experience too. I think asking my local PMI chapter is a great suggestion - our PMI chapter is excellent. I will check there for sure!
Wellcome, by the way, if your chapter don't have it, maybe you can propose it, and mentor juniors or future project managers.

Good luck and keep us posted.
I think mentors in any line of work are invaluable. I say that now of course, when I was just starting out I did not think I needed anyone's help!
It is great if you can find someone that you click with who can mentor you fairly consistently. It is even better if that person is someone with standing and influence in your organization. But peer mentoring on an ad hoc basis is also useful. To have someone to act as a sounding board, who may have experienced something similar to what you are experiencing now, or who can just help you to focus your ideas, thoughts and strengths is not only invaluable, it feels good!
Best wishes
Ruth
Feb 13, 2017 2:27 PM
Replying to Wagner Meana
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Hello Lori, my Project Mentors were professionals who helped me understand the human, social and strategic relationships in each company where I worked, not necessarily giving me technical knowledge, but teachings of Leadership and Strategy.
I agree. Mentors to help us develop relationship skills and to fit into our organizations are more important to me than technical skills mentors.
Feb 13, 2017 4:49 PM
Replying to Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Hi Lori,

When I've worked in big IT organizations, my mentor was my N+1 or N+2. They transmitted me the passion for doing a great job and improve every day my skills. There were not a difficult application process because not all people used this great opportunity, and there were more mentors that people interested in this program.

After start working as a freelance, I don't have a real mentor, but in each project, I'm improving different skills, or learn something new, due to work with different PMO or other project managers with different certifications backgrounds.

I've seen in my local chapter website that they offered this services. Did you check your local chapter?
Maria, what do you mean by N+1 & N+2 ?
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Feb 13, 2017 7:19 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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N is me,
N+1 is my direct boss.
N+2 the boss of my boss...

I've used a lot this terminology...is not common here?
Feb 13, 2017 4:27 PM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Thanks Wagner and Rami: My situation has been very similar to yours. There are several people in my company that I respect and go to for support and guidance when needed. Most of their leadership has been in human, social and strategic relationships as well vs. technical. Our company does offer a mentoring program, but it is an application process and then you must be selected and matched. They select a certain number of individuals per year. Do your companies do this? Does anyone know if PMI offers a mentoring program?.
You're welcome Lori ... PMI Local Chapters offer mentoring programs for sure. At least Im sure about our chapter here.
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