looking for a sys admin

Stuart Jansen sjansen at buscaluz.org
Mon Dec 7 22:51:14 MST 2009

On Mon, 2009-12-07 at 17:05 -0700, Brandon Stout wrote:
> I agree here mostly.  Of course a good for the new employee to take
> notes and especially if it's something he has a question on that has
> been discussed before.  It is up to the learner to do his best to
> learn.  However, there is a reason I prefer the term 'mentor' or 'coach'
> to supervisor or Sr. Tech.  A good mentor will not excuse himself by
> saying that a mediocre person on his team is just mediocre, especially
> if there are lots of 'mediocre' or poorly performing people on his
> team.  Quality mentoring means asking yourself what you can do to drive
> everyone's success up, not just those that do best on their own.  The
> learner takes takes responsibility to learn, and the mentor takes
> responsibility to make sure they learn.  Good coaches will show their
> quality by having a whole team of high performers.  In the case that
> there's a real flake on the team, the best coaches will often still make
> a difference, but when they can't, they'll still shine because all the
> rest of the team is doing well, and the coach or mentor will still be
> looking for ways to make the one low performer do better, never excusing
> his own role.  That is quality mentoring.

Sounds like you want a grandparent, not a paycheck.

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