I find myself increasingly trying to hold back and let the trainees have the ideas.
Meaning when I'm discussing one of the projects with a postdoc or two, there are gonna be a lot of ideas that we all could possibly arrive at in the discussion.
I think I used to just ramrod ahead with my ideas and let them state theirs if they could get a word in edgewise. Now I try to hold back more. Let them say the more obvious, and not so obvious, ideas in their own ways.
I am uncertain if I am getting older, better* at mentoring, worse** at mentoring or if it even matters.
*recognizing the power and "style" differential?