Let Me Tell You Why - by Claudia G. Barnett, PhD
Mentoring: It's Our Responsibility
Over the past year, we have experienced so much as individuals on a personal and professional level. As never before, we have been faced with challenges that have made us wonder; is this really happening?
Through our tests and trials, somehow we have prevailed. We have gained the stamina to continue. How did you get recharged this past year? Were you encouraged by a friend, a colleague or a loved one?
Whether you were the one providing the encouragement or the encouraged, you have participated in the mentoring process. Yes, mentoring does not have to occur in a big-brother scenario only. It is done on a continual basis through general conversation of daily living.
Throughout 2010, I had several opportunities to speak at National and regional conferences. In each venue, I was fortunate to share practical information and research findings. Although they pertained to the subject of mentoring, I was fortunate to be the recipient of the mentoring process by those who were present. Individuals imparted their practical knowledge and experience with me, and explained how they too were guided by those who cared enough to share.
Can we mentor daily? Of course we can. We can develop an attitude to be a resource to assist individuals to grow. Helping others to realize their full potential is everyone's responsibility. That is what we do as Human Performance Technologist, I believe.
Claudia G. Barnett, PhD
Claudia Barnett, PhD, is an independent business consultant. As President of CGB Associates, Claudia has devoted her career to the development of corporate and non-profit organizations through performance improvement techniques, organizational development, and mentoring programs. She is Deputy Chair of the ISPI Volunteer Committee (2010-2011) and serves as an Alumni Ambassador for students of Capella University. She may be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.