EMS World

FEB 2019

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METHODS IN MENTORING: SHAPING TOMORROW'S EMS LEADERS 14 FEBRUARY 2019 | EMSWORLD.com I was watching Disney's Cars 3 with my kids recently. After a horrible crash Lightning McQueen is slowly rebuilt, only to realize he is no longer capable of competing with the newer, higher-tech cars. Lightning finds he can still contribute and be great by mentoring a new car to success. I loved this story; it has some excellent lessons about measuring success not just by what you personally accomplish but by how you contribute to the success of oth- ers. Lightning was able to contribute to the victory of another car and celebrate as much as if it had been his own victory. As I contemplated the Cars story, I thought about the people who have influenced me the most in my career. As a new quality director for a large private ambulance ser- vice, I found myself without direction. The person who held my position before me left suddenly due to illness, and I had no one to show me the ropes or guide my efforts. I was fortunate to have a great boss who valued networking and leadership education. I was able to attend conferences and educational programs. I was able to meet and befriend some of the most talented people in EMS. And I discovered the most amazing people (the ones I wanted to emulate) were usually the most collaborative and willing to share ideas and information freely. At that time I realized a mentor is not necessarily someone at the end of his or her career passing the mantle to the next gener- ation. A mentor can be anyone with expertise who shares their talents with someone who needs a particular type of guidance. NEMSMA wants to match members' expertise with others who need it By Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE MENTORS, AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Photo: Aaron Webster Methods in Mentoring is a bimonthly column produced in partnership with the National EMS Management Association. Visit www.nemsma.org.

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