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[Feb. 21st, 2007|11:36 pm]
Beemer
I should post something!

Um.

Hmm...

I cooked Indian for dinner last night. I substituted game burger for ground lamb, and it was okay. I think it would have been relatively pedestrian even with lamb. Still, not as complicated as I usually think of Indian being. I should do more of that.

Had a long discussion at lunch today about my experienced with mentoring at work with a guy who's doing a project on it for a class on leadership. (1,2,3... yes! 8 prepositions in that sentence!) I think the whole subject is kind of problematic, because "mentoring" is a very ill-defined term and there are a lot of hurdles to overcome in getting it to happen in an organization. The conclusion I came to is that really, an organization shouldn't focus on mentoring, but should focus on the end results that it generates, and recognize that they can be achieved in a number of different ways.

Personally, I'd much rather have a consultation with a professional from HR who could evaluate my skills and my career path and then give me advice on what to focus on and where to improve to advance my career...
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[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2007-02-22 01:14 pm (UTC)
Huh. I've never met anybody competent in HR, so a consultation with HR sounds like the most useless thing imaginable to me. Of course, I've never managed to find a good mentor in any of my organizations either, so maybe the problem is me.

I think the key part about mentoring is having somebody that pays attention to you and your career. That may just be because I'm a feedback whore, though.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-02-22 03:35 pm (UTC)
I was going to say the same thing about HR. Sounds a little bit like the theory behind high school guidance counselors, where, of course, the theory is better than the practice. The best HR people I've worked with are very friendly and they know everything they need to about benefits and whatnot. But skill assessment and career tracks? It sorta makes sense, but just imagine the broad perspective that person would have to have on all the jobs in an institution--or the free time he'd need to interview all the people in related positions. Interesting idea, though.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2007-02-22 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ours don't even know all they need to know about pensions/benefits/whatever. Conveniently, we have actuaries on the faculty here, and so they let us know what's really true...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-02-22 10:30 pm (UTC)
BTW: I read today on Joel on Software that you are ambitious and smart, to which I say, go you!
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[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2007-02-22 11:05 pm (UTC)
Not that he, y'know, mentioned me or my compatriot by name, or gave us any credit whatsoever - we just happen to implement his brilliant self-designed system. It's all a confidence game to get people to take a job that's way below their capabilities, and continue to suck it up doing annoying jobs that have to be done that he doesn't want to deal with. But he's paying my tuition for a program that is beneficial, so I'll stick it out another year.
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