Mentoring Stories

Mentoring Stories

Sue and her mentee began working together right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue, a longstanding Kilfinan Australia mentor, says that it’s often the case that mentees come to the mentoring relationship with goals and challenges they’d like to work on that are not always representative of their actual needs. Such was the case with her mentee, who is a young, first-time CEO...

Harry and his mentee started their mentoring relationship just as she was on the precipice of implementing massive transformational change in the organisation. In late 2019, a month after their first meeting, Harry’s mentee presented her new 3 year strategic plan to the Board, where it was broadly supported. They were to regroup in the new year to begin implementation. Of course, the new year came with the unprecedented double-crises of bushfires and COVID and she had to move into crisis management...

Neil is a first-time CEO, and though he’s now been in the role for several years, he very much felt like he was learning on the job. When Neil was first matched with his mentor, working with the Board was his biggest challenge. The board members were ageing in terms of tenure and energy, including a powerful Chair who had been on the Board for 20 years...

Maria was the long-standing CEO of an organisation she co-founded 20 years ago. Maria approached Kilfinan once she’d made the decision to step down from the role and sought a mentor who could help her make the transition out of the organisation as smooth as possible and ensure she left it in the best possible shape. Maria felt the last year in the role would be her legacy time. “As the founder of the organisation, and in the role for 19 years, it was very easy to lose perspective and try to do everything you haven’t done in last 19 years in the last year...”