Much like Daniel-san, I had a thesis mentor whose practices were less than traditional. We didn’t have many conversations regarding science, career ambitions, or research strategies. It was a much more “Here’s some rope, don’t hang yourself” kind of deal.
Not getting anywhere with the project handed to me? It was up to me to find a new one (learned how to search current literature, find an open question, figure out how to answer it and write a proposal).
Bad experience presenting data at department forum? I learned from my mistakes, modified my presentation style and cues, and sought out ways to practice presenting.