Throwaway and VPN because I do not want this to be associated with my team.
I’m the (student) founder of a relatively new team. We got some excellent mentors and we were insanely lucky to receive the support we got from them. However, I feel like they can be extremely overbearing sometimes.
During the season, the students made some technical mistakes and things were a little tense, especially in the buildup to Houston. Some of our more old fashioned mentors started screaming at students, and I was told that people were leaving meetings crying because of it.
Because of said mistakes, I think the mentors have lost faith in the student’s ability to run a team at all and have since started making decisions for the team on their own. This has gotten to the point where a particular mentor who has a lot of experience and influence on how our team runs has started essentially stripping power away from the student leadership team, making things the decisions of the mentors
We got a new business mentor, who has been executing her duties fairly well. However, she treats it more like being a “robotics parent” in that she makes all the decisions and only leaves menial work for her department. (People have complained to me about this) Doesn’t help that her son, the business lead, is complicit in this.
I do not want our team to become a mentor-run team but I fear that, because the mentors demonstrate zero confidence in us, they won’t accept any other alternative. In any case, I definitely don’t want a team dynamic that leaves people crying. I’m fully willing to accept that I should’ve been more willing to tell them to back off at the time, but the problem has been getting out of control I think. Can I get CD’s help on respectfully telling them how to back off? Thank you.