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OVe rthe last couple of years I've had pretty successful mentoring relationship with one of my firms senior execs.  I followed the M's advice on choosing a mentor, making the approach, running the meetings, choosing the areas for discussion and I'd have to say that it was well worth it.

However, now, after two years I want to wind up the relationship.  When I raised it with my mentor I detected a genuine look of disappointment and I think his feelings may have even been a bit dented.  He suggested that we could keep going or we could wind it up here.  The tone was definitely of the "let's keep going" variety. 

I'm a High C, High S, so said I'd get back to him on what to do next. 

I still wish to wind up the relationship, but now don't really know how.  We live in separate cities so I think a thank you note is probably the best approach.

Any suggestions?

thanks

 

martinfilter's picture

He'll never be replaced. I would convey the point that your future successes will inevitably be tied to his contribution and now you need to gain a new perspective and most importantly, start mentoring others. I would thank him for his input over the years and let him know you'll still be in touch.

Like a band-aid.

Best regards,

Martin [High C, Mid I, Low S]

martinfilter's picture

He'll never be replaced. I would convey the point that your future successes will inevitably be tied to his contribution and now you need to gain a new perspective and most importantly, start mentoring others. I would thank him for his input over the years and let him know you'll still be in touch.

Like a band-aid.

Best regards,

Martin [High C, Mid I, Low S]

ebn305's picture

Thanks Martin - that's an excellent guide.  I can certainly point to the mentoring of others that I am now involved in - which ironically includes one of his staff!

thanks again