Advice to New CR Practitioners

Suzanne Ghais

Program Manager at CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

This rough transcript provides a text alternative to audio. We apologize for occasional errors and unintelligible sections (which are marked with ???).

You've got to learn by doing, but you've also got to be careful not to throw yourself into a situation that is so above your head. If it is over your head, make sure you have support and that's hard to judge sometimes. I found myself a couple of years ago in a situation that was way over my head and I was doing it solo. So take on challenges, but challenges that are not too far above you're head and if it is a little over your head, make sure you have support, whether that support is a mentor, someone you can talk to at every break or someone to co-facilitate or co-mediate with, that's the ideal. Or just people you can kind of debrief with or process through what happened.