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MENTOR: EUGENE COSCARELLI CAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: EHS NATIONAL MANAGER,
GLEN CARRON PTY LTD.
MENTEE: NAOMI POTTSMAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR ADVISOR,
WESFARMERS INDUSTRIAL AND SAFETY
Q TELL US ABOUT YOUR
CURRENT ROLE, EDUCATION
AND CAREER HISTORY?
I have worked for a number
of different organisations in
a variety of human resources
positions over the past 25 years.
During the past 15 years of my
career, I have mainly had senior
roles and been par t of the organisational lead team. My
career passion is creating or improving business management
system architecture and working with the organisation to
reach the next level of excellence, as part of a continuous
improvement model. I am also working toward my MBA.
Q WHAT WAS YOUR MENTOR/MENTEE RELATIONSHIP LIKE?
The challenge for us was that we were quite a distance
apart. Naomi and I committed to the principles of mentoring
straight away, as we wanted this to succeed. We immediately
put in place a plan where we would discuss a range of
topics and found that there were quite a few. We revised
our schedules and held weekly teleconferences that were
both rewarding and challenging. I wanted Naomi to consider
things from a different perspective and, most of all, to learn
more about who she is and consider her career path as part of
her journey through life.
Q HAVE YOU LEARNT ANYTHING FROM NAOMI?
I came into this program hoping that I would learn as well as
share knowledge. The journey is an experience I have enjoyed
and would most certainly do again. Naomi has taught me to
consider different perspectives about particular issues and
inspired me in a number of ways to develop in other areas.
Q WHAT DO YOU HOPE NAOMI HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE
Naomi will view matters f rom a number of different angles and
challenge herself more than she has done in the past. She
has learned to reflect from time to time and remember she is a
special person who fully understands who she really is.
Q WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF
THE MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
Euge and I developed a strong
friendship throughout the course
of the mentoring program. We
challenged each other to think
and work outside our comfort
zone and were both determined
to be flexible with our approach
so we could get the most out of the 12 months. Once we had
worked through my initial goals, we were able to refocus and
set new goals for the remainder of the program.
Q WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU’VE
LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
To not hold myself back.
Q TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION. HOW OFTEN DID
Euge and I live four hours apart (I’m in Adelaide and he’s in
Mt Gambier), so our initial contact was via email as a brief
introduction and then we had our first catch-up via phone a
week or so later. That initial phone call lasted for about 30
minutes, and we agreed to set aside one hour ever y fortnight
to talk on the phone. After our first few sessions we realised
that we had a lot to get through and agreed to catch up ever y
week from then on.
Q WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HR JOB?
I’m currently working in an human resources generalist role,
but I’d like my next role to be an HR management position or
something where I can specialise in either industrial relations
or remuneration and benefits.
Q WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A MENTEE
COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?
Be clear about what you want to achieve by par ticipating in
the program. E xpect to be pushed and challenged. Enjoy it!
“NAOMI HAS TAUGHT ME TO CONSIDER
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ABOUT
“WE CHALLENGED EACH OTHER TO
THINK AND WORK OUTSIDE
OUR COMFORT ZONE.”
MENTOR. MENTEE .
Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
Whether you are a mentee
wanting to excel in your
current position or a
looking to develop
your mentoring skills,
mentoring program will
give you valuable insights
from the sharing of
advice, knowledge and
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