Mentor People Part 1


Making a Modern Project Manager



By Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France

Mentoring was a kind of foreign word for me until I took part in a corporate program as a mentee. I’d been waiting for it for a while and saw it as a silver bullet—giving me all the answers to my career questions. Going into it with so many expectations; unsurprisingly I was disappointed.

A few months later, a younger colleague abroad I worked with asked me: “Can you mentor me?”

I was surprised. I asked myself: “What can people learn from me?”

I was flattered.

I was also a bit stressed: “Will I be able to answer all the questions?”

I answered “yes” and never regretted it. Since then, I have mentored other people.

Based on these experiences, I’d like to share some insights.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring can take various forms. Sometimes it is providing support by email. Sometimes you can send relevant content that could resonate with what you’ve discussed with your mentee. Your mentee may need a contact to dive into a topic or to think of the next step.

As Deborah Heiser, PhD , founder of the Mentor Project, puts it: “Mentoring is a relationship”.

It is a way to share information, knowledge and experiences.

As a mentor, it is not about devoting huge numbers of hours to mentoring, and it isn’t about answering all the questions. It’s just about being available to share your experiences and pitfalls.

Why is being a mentor worthwhile?

Through mentoring, I have learned a lot. I have met new people. I have thought about my experiences in a different light. I have improved my active listening skills. I have been able to share knowledge and experiences, hoping it will help others to progress.

Mentoring is more than just a line in a LinkedIn profile. Taking the time to listen and help can make a huge difference.

What are the conditions of being a successful mentor?

You have to define some ground rules with your mentee, such as:


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by a project manager for Gen X, Y and Z project professionals.  The author Yasmina Khelifi is a project manager with a large multinational telecom in France while also an active PM professional, authoring articles, interviews and a popular LinkedIn blog as well as a podcast with a global audience.  Also active in PMI France for many years, she has been an international correspondent for the PMWJ since 2021. We are delighted that she has agreed to author a series of articles based on her personal experiences over the last decade.

How to cite this paper: Khelifi, Y. (2024). Mentor People Part 1, Making a Modern Project Manager, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue II, February. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/pmwj138-Feb2024-Kheilif-mentor-people-part-1-series-article.pdf

About the Author

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/

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