Steve Jones and Andy Warren are at it again. The founders of SQLServerCentral, SQLShare, and SQLSaturday have started a new program, The Mentoring Experiment, to try to match professionals (SQL Server only to start), with a more experienced professional as a mentor. One of their goals is to learn more about what makes a mentoring relationship work so that they mentor others to become better mentors.
I can’t think of more qualified people to do something like this. Both Steve and Andy have been mentors to many people in the SQL Server community, myself included, so they have experience and a real desire to see others grow. I don’t know who Andy and Steve have selected to be the mentors, but I’m sure that they have selected people who have been successful, and have the desire and ability to see others succeed as well.
My recent reading has included several books on leadership and mentoring so I’m very interested in seeing how this experiment works.
If you are a SQL Server professional who would like to see your career grow I highly recommend visiting thementoringexperiment.org and applying. You only have until April 30th to get your application in. Were I not in the midst of a job search and move, I’d apply myself, but I can’t put the time in to be a proper mentee.