A senior engineering manager (M2) was leading a discussion circle that I participated in. When it ended, he offered to mentor me with 30 min 1:1s every 2 weeks. He's not in my chain of command, but we are in the same org. He reached out to my skip-level (also an M2) for feedback on me to better coach me. In our first 1:1, he suggested some team activities I can take on to develop skills for getting to the next level.
First of all, congrats! Having an M2 support you is huge, especially for E6 promo. A lot of E5s hit a wall, because they don't have a couple people at this level vouching for them in performance calibrations.
What's his incentive for doing this?
How can I best utilize this time?
A lot of good resources here 😊
Are there things that M2s are uniquely qualified to provide mentorship on?
2 things come to mind: