This week our final challenge of The Grateful Showcase, specifically positions you to those members of your Supporting Cast and Core Team (in Todd Henry’s words). For this week, be intentional about being aware in every situation. Be open and actively look for opportunities of people that are seeking connection with you. Sometimes at first, like with all of my Grateful Showcase guests, it is not clear what supporting role they may play for you. In some circumstances, you may be essential to their Supporting Cast – but your members are out their just waiting for you to say yes to the initial opportunity for connection.
How do you define the word mentor? What does that individual look like for you? For me, the role of mentor as turned into such a greater resource than the typical implied superior at work that has more seniority. My mentors have a wealth of experience and knowledge in their respective fields and I truly considered it an honor to have the privilege of having them share with me. More importantly, is the opportunity for them to share honest feedback that challenges me and pushes me to be greater.
In Todd Henry’s book, The Accidental Creative, he talks about mentors being a part of your Core Team, even referring to them as trusted advisors and truth tellers. He reiterates how much of a privilege it is to have these individuals in your career and life overall. So much so, that he even describes best practices for seizing the opportunities to meet with them and how it should always be about making it easy for the mentor. Ensuring that your interaction, at all times show your true appreciation and how respectful you are of their time.
In our last Grateful Showcase interview, I had the privilege and opportunity of sitting down with one of my mentors, Becky Stauffer. However, after learning what I have from Todd Henry about mentor interactions – I have definitely failed her. In our relationship, Becky always makes sure our opportunities of connecting are easy for me. This past week for our interview, she even surprised me with a beautiful floral arrangement in a bright pink mug that literally and completely brightened my day. Not only does she ensure connections are easy for me, she also goes one step further to make sure they are consistent. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to share with you, one of my trusted advisors, truth tellers and wonderful friend.
About Becky Stauffer
Becky Stauffer is a Senior Human Resources Leader with over 15 years of experience in HR. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive background in the full spectrum of Human Resources functions, competencies and administrative systems in the private and public sectors; most recently, supporting the Non- Profit and Allied Healthcare Industry. She is a frequent regional speaker on HR issues and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn-State York. Becky holds a Masters, Public Administration, University of Oklahoma and a Bachelors of Sciences, Political Science, State University of New York College, Brockport. She hold a SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Human Resources Professional, Society of Human Resource Management, and SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Human Resources Certification Institute, and a Certificate in Human Resources, Penn State York. She is also Predictive Index Analyst, Predictive Index is a scientifically validated behavioral/workforce assessment.
Ms. Staffer’s major awards include: Penn-Mar Human Services, Shining Star 2011 (Highest Organization Award), York Society for Human Resource Management, HR Professional of the Year 2010, and Mid-Atlantic National Contract Management Association, Unsung Hero Award 1997.
Ms. Stauffer is active in her community; she has many positions as a Board Member/Member, York SHRM Board Positions (President, Vice-President, Past-President, Legislative Representative, Programs Chair, Seminar Chair),Member, Society for Human Research Management Member, Lancaster SHRM, Former, Board of Directors, Rabbit Transit, Operations Committee Chair, 2011.
Ms. Stauffer actively volunteers at the Southern York Community Pantry, Red Lion High School for annual Mock Interviews, York College, Graham School of Business with their Senior Mentorship Program, and is active in her faith community.
Ms. Stauffer the mother of two teenage daughters.