It is interesting to observe experienced people
waiting for someone to ask them to assume more
responsibility or expand their roles. They are so
conditioned by their cultures that they carry over
their behaviors to new situations.
A fine fellow I know, professor at a major university
is a respected volunteer career consultant. He likes
and accepts the roles he has been asked to perform,
but he could do more.
It is the role of mentors to look beyond themselves
and look out for the organization and people development.
It is generally true that few mid-career people are
afforded career development for satisfaction. One
usually is expected to pursue it themselves. Leaders
need to act as mentors to do this.
So, at the Chicago meeting, seeing a need and a desire/
skill set I approached an individual and helped him craft
a plan to expand his role. He liked the professional attention.