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FEB 2019

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EMSWORLD.com | FEBRUARY 2019 15 A mentor is usually someone experienced. We tend to assume experience equals age, but this is not always the case. An older indi- vidual may need mentoring by a younger colleague in an area such as social media, while a younger person may need expertise in a sector like investing. A mentor could be at the beginning or end of a career, depending on the topic of consultation. In his article "29 Leadership Lessons and Quotes from Cars 3," Joseph Lalonde notes that great leaders give people their first chance, and bad leaders attack others when scared. 1 Unfortunately I have seen managers who fear talented individuals will one day threaten their position. These people chose to stifle talent in their organizations due to fear, and their organizations suffered when the talent moved on to better opportunities and more supportive cultures. True mentorship is recognizing talent in an individual and, instead of fearing it, shaping and encouraging that individual's growth. My personal mentor, Mike Taigman, shared some words about the benefits of mentorship: "For me mentorship is about the true essence of education. The root word of education is educere, which means to bring out of. My bias is that the ability to tackle a problem or take advantage of an opportunity is already there. My role is to connect and help recognize, bring to the surface, organize, and activate. There are few things more satisfying than seeing someone take off and make a real difference with what they've learned. The best happens once in a while when it flips, and they become my mentor!" I asked Mike once if he would be my guru, and he jovially told me we were on the journey together. The best mentor/mentee relationships are the ones that evolve into true lifelong friendships. Reflecting its values of leadership and collaboration, the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is spearheading an effort to pair EMS mentors with providers or managers seeking assistance in any area of EMS. NEMSMA members have a wide variety of skills in every area of paramedicine. The organization maintains a Google group where members can discuss any topic and gain insight from industry leaders across the United States and Canada. Interested mentees can be paired up with a NEMSMA member in a requested area of expertise for long- or short-term mentorship. If you need help with interviewing, we will pair you with someone expe- rienced in that arena. If you need assistance with your fleet, we can match you with a fleet manager full of great ideas. REFERENCE 1. Lalonde J. 29 Leadership Lessons and Quotes from Cars 3. JosephLalonde.com, www. jmlalonde.com/29-leadership-lessons-quotes-cars-3/. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE, is quality director of Gold Cross Ambulance in Utah. We tend to assume experience equals age, but this is not always the case. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SCIENCE www.lenoircc.edu/publicsafety PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATION (HYBRID PROGRAM) ■ Fully CAAHEP Accredited ■ Hybrid Paramedic program offered through LCC Continuing Education Department. Various formats available with weekday or weekend onsite options and evaluations. All coursework is done online. Tuition, Books, and Fees estimated at $1,700.00. ■ Available to students from NC, VA, SC, GA, WV, KY, VT, PA, and CA. ■ Different course options that allow currently credentialed EMTs and AEMTs, to train for their Paramedic certification. ■ Graduates are eligible for the NCOEMS Paramedic exam and the National Registry Paramedic exam. BRIDGE TO AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SCIENCE ■ All degree classes offered 100% online. ■ Articulation Agreement with 4-Year Universities. ■ Currently credentialed state and national Paramedics earn up to 45 credits toward their degree just for being certified! ■ Available to residents in all states except FL and MA. ■ Designed for demanding EMS work schedules. Complete the degree at your own pace! EARN YOUR DEGREE ONLINE! 231 Hwy. 58 South, Kinston, NC (252) 527-6223, ext. 115 jgtilghman38@lenoircc.edu Ranked Fourth in the Nation by bestcolleges.com!

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