Editor’s Note: This article is part of our series of highlighted exemplar recognitions. See our introduction post for all the details, or view all the posts in this series. This article was written by Western Massachusetts Area Rep Chris Cahill.
One of the most important aspects of the judge program is the mentoring of other judges and judge candidates. As a group, one of our best tools to improve our judging skills is to pass our knowledge and observations on to each other. To that end, the following recognitions exemplify how various types of mentoring serve as models for what we can all do to help each other get better over time.
Louis, as mentioned, I really appreciated the ‘Token game’ you initiated. It gave the whole event some unity and gave me an ‘excuse’ to talk with everybody on the staff. It is definitely a team-building exercise that I’m going to ‘borrow’ for my own events in the future.
At GP DC I was the day 2 team lead for the Slips team, and Nicola was assigned to be my mentor/watcher/safety valve. Going into the day I was not sure what to expect in terms of feedback. Not only did Nicola give me a tremendous amount of valuable feedback throughout the day, he had SEVEN PAGES of it to give me at the end of the day in a marathon debrief session. To me that is far more than was expected, and I got a great amount of value from it. Thank you, Nicola, for taking so much time to help me get better!
Josh, You’ve done a great job of working to create new judges in your remote area. Running judge classes is an excellent way to train new judges, but in inviting players you’ve not only worked to create new judges but improve the player judge relationship. Keep up the good work!
Jonah, you gave me one of the most powerful pieces of feedback I’ve gotten recently, at our Newington event in February this year. Your feedback that my head-judging felt fine, but didn’t feel like Mani (I’m paraphrasing) was very real – but it is just one example of many. We went on that day to have a lengthy conversation of different styles of observing judges and providing feedback at events. That was also helpful for me, but I was more impressed by the fact that you were seriously and earnestly considering what I was saying as well – you weren’t simply teaching me: we were learning, and discussing, and working things out, together. This recognition highlights just these few examples of the value that comes from your earnest engagement with others in the program. Every time I see you on staff for an event, I always think, “Who can we put with Jonah?” Keep it up.
Our ability to communicate and teach each other is the bedrock on which our organization is built. The ability to help another judge, or candidate, or player to better themselves makes all of us stronger. The above rec’s are just some of the ways in which judges in the Northeast have done that. Keep up the great work!