The 3 M’s Project November E-letter

3 Nov

The 3 M’s Project E-letter – November 2010

Funded by The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

In This Issue·   

  • Mentoring Workshop – Canberra
  • Industry Mentoring – Learning and Outcomes
  • NSILP Mentoring – Progression
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Mentoring Knowledge Tips – How to Find a Mentor

Mentoring Workshop – Canberra

A small diverse group of seafood industry stakeholders attended the second successful Mentoring Workshop held in Canberra in September 2010. Participants attending travelled from as far away as Queensland.

The workshop was structured to allow for information delivery, conversation and experience sharing and a guest speaker address. The structure allowed for mentoring knowledge to be increased but also for issues and concerns to be raised and solutions to be developed.

One of the participants, Chelsea Buckley from AFMA provided feedback that the workshop was extremely useful and that she now had a greater understanding of the formal processes involved in mentoring but also greater appreciation of the impact of informal mentoring.

Guest speaker Shalan Bray, provided information about her successes in the 3 M’s program. Shalan outlined that communication between mentor and mentoree should be regular and focused to maximise effectiveness of learning and knowledge transfer.

The 3 M’s mentoring workshop is an intensive learning opportunity which provides participants with an opportunity to understand formal and informal mentoring processes, raise self-awareness of the areas of mentoring knowledge and behaviour and how to manage and/or improve mentoring relationships.

Through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funding Rural Training Initiatives is able to provide 3 M’s mentoring learning to individuals and organisations through similar workshops. Contact Jill Briggs to develop a mentoring learning opportunity to suit your seafood industry organisation.

Mentoring  – Learning and Outcomes

A number of mentorees and mentors have been interviewed to surface the reality of mentoring. Below is the second of a series of personal insights into mentoring.

Laura Best is an Industry Development Officer for the Fisheries Resource Management Branch in Industry and Investment NSW and is a National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP). 

The Facts – I approached my mentor over the phone and that was to be our form of communication for the duration of the relationship. During the NSILP we would speak every fortnight or on occasion once a week for an hour at a time. I would often put together an agenda and send this to my mentor a couple of days prior to our next ‘meeting’. However, the conversations themselves did not always follow that agenda perfectly; we allowed discussion to flow and therefore the agenda’s were flexible.    

The Feelings – I struggled with the concept of a mentor/mentoree relationship in the beginning. I had never been involved in a formal mentoring process so I procrastinated when it came time to initiating a relationship. Once I did though, I found I benefited from the feedback and experience my mentor brought to the relationship.  I also appreciated my mentor challenging my thought process and the ‘follow ups’ as it showed a genuine interest in the relationship.

The Analysis – Formal mentoring relationships take a commitment by both people in order to sustain the relationship for its duration; this requires communication and effort. Informal mentoring relationships can take many forms and can be just as important in the role they provide those who are not as comfortable with the formal process.

The Actions – At a grass roots level I think there needs to be the ability for fishers to take on a young and enthusiastic person and mentor them through a traineeship type of arrangement.  There also needs to be mentoring for board/committee members so that industry can continue to play a role in the management of the fish resource. A formal process whereby you mentor ‘on the job’ and through a handing down process may be of benefit.

NSILP Mentoring – Progression

The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) 2010 is closely linked to the 3 M’s Project. The NSILP 2010 commenced on the 30th of March 2010in Hobart. The program is funded by The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and major sponsor is Sydney Fish Market. The Hobart NSILP three day residential attracted regional sponsorship from Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council.

During the Hobart residential the eighteen 2010 NSILP participants were introduced to the concept of mentoring. The first step in the participants mentoring knowledge building commenced with the initiation of the six-month “internal mentor” relationship in which each NSILP participant forms a mentoring relationship with another NSILP participant to assist them in their leadership growth during the program. The second stage of mentoring ensures that NSILP participants form an “external” mentor – someone from beyond the program – who will assist them as they exit the NSILP in September and aspire to new leadership levels.

Mentoring Opportunities and Feedback

As the 3 M’s project continues to deliver mentoring and knowledge transfer opportunities for the industry we seek to improve the project constantly through our evaluation and feedback processes.

We look for your feedback on two key project areas please click the link and complete the survey (approximately 5 minutes of your time).


Mentoring Knowledge Tips – How to Find a Mentor


Recent research indicates the that greatest successes for mentoring occur when a mentoree consolidates what they need in a mentor and establishes the mentoring relationship. Research also indicates that when an independent person “pairs” mentoring relationships then significantly lower rate of success and positive outcomes occur.

Therefore if you have registered with 3 M’s as someone who is interested in the 3 M’s project finding you a mentor we suggest instead that you follow this section of the e-letter for the next three issues.



The HOW TO FIND A MENTOR information has been developed to provide a resource to assist the seafood industry and community to establish formal mentoring relationships. It is designed to provide information to assist individuals to identify and establish effective mentoring relationships.

The HOW TO FIND A MENTOR includes three sections.

SECTION 1 – Why do you need a mentor – A thinking activity to assist people identify what is needed in the mentoring relationship;

SECTION 2 – Establishing a Mentoring Relationship – An establishing process to provide some structure for commencing the mentoring relationship and;

SECTION 3 – An extra materials section with further mentoring information. 

SECTION 1 – Why do you need a mentor?

PART A – A thinking activity

Question 1 – So why do you need a mentor?

Some responses….

1.       I need someone to provide me with feedback so I can learn

2.       I need someone I can run my ideas past who will provide me with honest evaluation

3.       I am looking for someone who understands similar businesses to mine for comparison and improvement

4.       I need someone to assist me in filtering the large volumes of feedback

5.       I am looking for someone who I can talk through many perspectives and view points

6.       I need someone who can assist me in accessing challenging opportunities

7.       I am looking for someone who can assist me in establishing my commitments and delivering on them

8.       I want to form a mentoring relationship with someone I aspire to be like

9.       I want someone to support me discover what is blocking me from succeeding

10.   I need support from a cheerleader who will boost my self-esteem

11.   I am looking for a mentor who will assist me with rewards for success

12.   I am looking for a companion who will reduce me sense of professional isolation

To assist consider responding to the following questions:-

Question 2 – Which of the previous twelve responses do you require? 


Question 3 – What other things do you require from a mentoring relationship? 


PART B – A thinking activity

Question 4 – How do you find a mentor who will meet the above identified needs?

Finding a mentor usually commences with a thinking process:-

1.       Start with those you admire – These are often the people who make good mentors. You can then ask them to fulfil some or all of your requirements.

2.       OR Start with people you respect from a distance – these are also people who make excellent mentors. They will look forward to you being specific about what you need.

3.       OR Start with discussing your needs with others – then apply the “three degrees of separation” rule and find a person who knows a person who knows a person to assist you in finding contact details of the person you have chosen.

4.       OR …there are numerous other options.



Jill Briggs

3 M’s Project Manager

Managing Director – Rural Training Initiatives P/L




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