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MENTOR. MENTEE .
Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
Q. WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF
THE MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
Firstly, I have formed a great
relationship with Dominic. He
has been fantastic throughout
the whole program and I know
I can continue to rely on him for
future advice and encouragement.
Secondly, this experience has
challenged the way I think about
things. I am now more solutions orientated and I try to think
outside the square more when resolving workplace matters.
Q. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU’VE TAKEN
AWAY FROM THE MENTORING?
I have learnt more about what I want to achieve in my HR career.
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION WITH YOUR
It was held over the phone. We spoke about our backgrounds,
where we were located home and workwise, and broadly
covered what I was hoping to achieve during the program.
Due to the distance between us (about three hours’ drive), we
discussed how we would handle regular meetings and decided
that we would speak over the phone and/or email if needed, as
well as trying to meet face-to-face at least once.
Q. HOW OFTEN DID YOU THEN COMMUNICATE?
After our initial phone meeting, we spoke every fortnight for
half an hour, as well as via email if needed. If I needed advice
urgently, I was able to contact Dominic outside our scheduled
catch-ups. At the end of each session we’d discuss what
needed to be achieved or Dominic would set goals for the next
Q. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM HR JOB?
I have two dream jobs. The first is in line with my 12-month plan,
which is to be employed in an HR management role. The second
is in relation to my five-year plan, which is to work for a global
employer of choice in a senior HR management role, working
across multiple sites.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A MENTEE WANTING TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
Apply for the program no matter what age or HR position you
hold. I held the misguided notion that these types of programs
were only suited to young HR professionals or HR graduates,
but I was totally wrong. Being in my early 40s, I was a little
hesitant in starting the program, but I’m certainly glad I did. I
will be adding this experience to my résumé with pride.
MENTEE: ROBYN HEAP MAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: WORKPLACE RELATIONS
COORDINATOR, THE WESTS GROUP AUSTRALIA
MENTOR: DOMINIC MCLOUGHLIN FAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT,
ITHIKOS PTY LTD
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR
I run my own HR consulting
in maximising employee
engagement and trust in
management. I spent my early
career in industrial relations
and studied part-time to gain a
Master of Businesss and my PhD.
Q. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MENTOR?
I have maintained a coaching and educational focus
throughout my working life, teaching a range of leadership,
management and employment relations courses at various
universities. I have benefited from being mentored informally
and wanted to pass it forward.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM ROBYN?
Apart from gaining insights into the hospitality industry, our
conversations have been very helpful for keeping in tune with
current HR issues. It’s also great to be able to get a second
opinion on an issue. Nobody knows everything there is to
know about HR, and getting a different perspective from Robyn
about an issue has been very valuable.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE ROBYN HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE
I hope that I’ve also been able to act as a sounding board and
provide a different perspective on the issues she has been
dealing with. I feel I’ve been able to give Robyn assistance in
relation to areas she wasn’t so familiar with, but she’s very
competent, as well as experienced in many aspects of HR.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MENTEES TO
GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
Have a clear idea of what you would like to achieve, develop
and share your goals with your mentor, and make sure you
complete agreed actions between each meeting. Be prepared
to be challenged on some occasions and to have a laugh on
others. Always remember that every problem has a solution.
“A LWAYS REMEMBER THAT EVERY
PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION.”
ITHIKOS PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, DOMINIC MCLOUGHLIN
Whether you are a mentee
wanting to excel in your
current position or a
looking to develop your
coaching and mentoring
skills, AHRI’s members-
only mentoring program
will give you valuable
insights from the sharing
of advice, knowledge and
experiences. The program
runs over a 12-month
period and mentor and
mentee applications are
now open for 2015.
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