Mentoring: Creating robots

I recently trained to be a full-time firefighter. The training was hard but they ingrained one thing into us: they are not trying to create robots who just follow orders, but crews who think for themselves and use their skills as each incident requires. It’s not enough to go through the motions - that could kill you. Something about that resonated with me regarding mentoring. 

Sometimes, in our youth and children’s groups, we end up creating robots who know the right answers and, in familiar circumstances, can do the right thing....

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