In this episode of the Modern Web podcast, our host, Rob Ocel (@robocell), discusses mentorship with Ray Gesualdo (@RayGesualdo).
Guests: Ray Gesualdo (@RayGesualdo) - Staff UI Engineer, SalesLoft
- What has mentorship meant to our careers - What is mentorship and how does it differ from things like sponsorship or instruction? - Is it really that hard to start mentorship at your company? What does it take to start a mentorship culture? - Why the ability to be open, vulnerable, and honest is critical to a successful mentorship relationship - How do you pick a mentor? What should someone look for in a mentor? What should mentors look for from their mentees? - Why companies and senior developers need junior developers to advance their own careers and solve for their blindspots. - How important is it to solicit feedback from others? How do you act on that feedback? How do you better ask for feedback? - The importance of listening in mentorship relationship and not trying to just "solve" things, and how to work around that as a mentor - How to negotiate boundaries in mentorship relationships and navigate the power imbalance - Can someone be junior to mentor? - How do teams where all developers are considered peers set up successful mentorship programs? Do all mentor relationships need a senior and a junior? - What is radical honesty, Radical Candor, and ruinous empathy? How to be empathetic but also deliver hard truths and actionable feedback