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Aussie Female Entrepreneurs Give Their Top Tips On How To Be A Good Mentor

In their most recent get-together, Jo Lamble, Psychologist and host of The Moral Maze; Ronni Kahn, CEO and Founder of Australia’s largest food rescue organisation OzHarvest; Annalise Law, Managing Director of The Kanga Group, Australia’s leading promotional products group, and Robyn Foyster, Publisher of discuss the importance of having a mentor, and being one.

On being a mentor Ronni says “It’s something I do for love and as a way of giving back. And if somebody thinks I’ve got something I can help them with, then I’m only too happy.” Some of the attributes she suggests are good in a mentor is that they have already succeeded in doing what you are seeking guidance in, and that they have patience and time to spend with you, without giving advice or solutions.

Annalise points out that it doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment, it can be quite an informal arrangement over a couple of coffee meetings where questions are asked and experiences shared.

While Ronni and Annalise are Telstra Business Women’s Award Alumni, these four highly successful women all have some valuable insights on what makes a good mentor. They also point out there are some things those in the role should avoid doing too!

Robyn, a Telstra Influencer, includes her mother and grandmother as mentors – she points out that a mentoring situation is almost always mutually beneficial as both parties can learn from one-another.  She also recognises that Jo mentors people every day in her Psychology practice.

This conversation will fascinate anyone considering the importance of mentoring. To discover more, just watch this brief video.

And If You’d Like To Find Out More About the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Click On The Link Below.

It’s Australia’s longest-running celebration of Business. To find out more about The Telstra Business Women’s Award nominees go to or call 1800 817 536.

New awards categories have been added this year recognising that brilliant business women come from across all sectors.  The 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards six Awards categories include:

  • Start Up (owns minimum 25 per cent; business under three years old);
  • Entrepreneur (owns minimum 25 per cent; business more than three years old);
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise (delivers positive social/environment change as its core mission; includes not for profit and social ventures);
  • Government and Academia (government departments; educational institutions; statutory bodies);
  • Corporate and Private (employed by the organisation); and
  • Young Business Women (under 29 as at 30 June 2015).

Written by Jo Lamble

When it comes to navigating the tricky world of human relationships, Clinical Psychologist, Jo Lamble has carved a niche for herself as an approachable professional with a talent for presenting sticky topics with compassion and poise, both as a private practitioner and popular TV psychologist. She is especially well regarded in the areas of parenting and personal relationships, which she will share on The Carousel. And in an exciting and online first, Jo will also host Forums for The Carousel, where hot topics and sometimes controversial views will be up for frank and open debate. It’s new and only on The Carousel.
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