The Worth of a Mentor


Greetings and salutations!

Dusty Roach

During the last 25 years, I’ve discovered that security is a career that isn’t essentially impressed by the lure of enormous financial beneficial properties. Though it may be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career, the job description is exclusive as a result of idea of constructing a dwelling by proving that one should possess a capability to make “unhealthy issues not occur”. Security is like every sport—it’s all enjoyable and video games till somebody will get damage.

There are quite a few parallels between sports activities and security. Sports activities and security require teamwork, the power to work collectively, management by instance,  and growth of expertise. One other widespread denominator required in security is the power to teach, prepare, and develop expertise to their full potential whereas doing it safely. That person-in-training usually depends on a mentor… Most each security skilled that I do know didn’t begin out by eager to be in security. Normally, somebody influences one other to pursue that profession path. I’m a type of. The primary 20 years within the oil and fuel trade, I used to be in operations. The final 25 have been in security! I’ve been blessed by understanding quite a few fellow security professionals that had been mentors to me. I’ll come again to this later.

One of many mentors that I had within the early going was somebody who established, proper off the bat, that if you happen to do not need a humorousness, laced with sarcasm and a penchant for irony, you won’t be a superb match. Security people who find themselves not prepared to chortle at themselves are candidates for mediocrity. Nobody likes a security one who is at all times too critical. I’m not saying it’s important to be associates with everybody. Respect for the folks is a key part to encourage teamwork and information.

There was a fellow security individual that I labored with named Bob. I modified the title to guard the harmless. We teamed as much as give a security class concerning H2S coaching. Within the coaching we needed to exhibit the right way to correctly “don and doff” an SCBA, (self contained respiration equipment). We had been double teaming the category to “preserve it recent and fascinating”! We bought to the half the place my companion was truly doing the demonstration. He proceeded to open the case and decide it up. He tried to sling it into place. In his nervousness, he hoisted the SCBA as much as put the shoulder straps on. Though he had practiced the train quite a few instances previous to the assembly, he realized, when he hoisted the tank up and bought the waist straps over his shoulders, that he had a right away downside. He had the tank the other way up. The masks was between his legs.. He instantly realized the error. He bent over for the masks between his legs and the tank slid down his again, thus putting him within the head. To make issues worse, he additionally sliced his finger on the body when he picked it up. It was just a few stitches. I attempted to maintain a straight face, to no avail. It was the primary record-able for a security man in years. The category was rolling on the ground laughing whereas I used to be making an attempt to render first help to my buddy. I chortle now. Nicely… truly I laughed then too. It was a studying expertise for all. How do you could have a clean security assembly? Apply, apply apply.

It’s a given that everybody will make errors. Humor is a prerequisite for a security skilled. Security is a critical career. The significance of getting a certified mentor to assist is extraordinarily vital. We name it “coaching the coach.” Figuring out all the foundations and regs is vital. Attaining “purchase in” from the workers is an artwork. Education, certifications, and information of the enterprise are additionally vital. A caring and educated mentor is crucial.

I’ve been blessed by some educated, caring gents in my profession who’ve helped me develop my talent set. Everybody has a unique slant on what the best security individual is. I’ve had some unbelievable success in my profession and I even have had among the “agony of defeat’ moments. Having certifications and levels—credentials—is changing into normal fare. The trail to nice success is a path with nice mentors alongside the best way! People who I’m indebted to are: Mike M, James S., Andy C., plus quite a few others.

Most lately, certainly one of my mentors handed away. That individual is Paul Wyman, the consummate skilled Security Man and good friend. He cared. I’ll miss you my good friend.

As I at all times say, “It’s not what number of hits you could have in baseball—it’s what number of instances you attain residence safely.” Or: Be protected! Be careful for snakes, the 2-legged type and those that slither.

When you’ve got any suggestions, I may be reached at   —Dusty


Dusty Roach is a security skilled primarily based in Midland. He’s additionally a public speaker on topics of management and security, and he maintains a private web site at


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