This year has brought with it much of the turmoil that has swirled around healthcare for the past decade. While the industry is the fastest growing in the U.S., senior managers at hospitals and other organizations continue to wrestle with unique, unanticipated operational and strategic conundrums.
Each healthcare professional faces the daunting challenge of managing his or her career within the context of these seismic changes. We are seeing a revival in classic career assessment and development activities—mentoring being one of them. In difficult times, we seek advice from others on how to cope and learn. But mentoring does not have to be a top-down, senior-to-junior activity. A case in point is the recent phenomenon of cross-mentoring, in which professionals from different generations counsel each other.