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“S” is for: Show up as a leader a Sponsor would stake his/her reputation on

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 12, 2018 9:37:24 AM

“How do we communicate to people that they don’t just get a sponsor? How do you help them understand that sponsorship is support they have to earn?”

I received this question from one of our partner companies that is working to start an internal sponsorship program to develop its people. This question is pertinent because sponsors are different from mentors. Mentors give you advice, but sponsors put their own reputations on the line to help advance your career. You can choose your mentors, but sponsors choose you.

Sponsors will make an investment in you, and it is your job to earn that investment. In this five-part blog series, we will help you see how you can set yourself up to earn the support of a sponsor and take your career to the next level. We will equip you with tools to “S.H.I.N.E.”

First, you must “Show up as a leader a Sponsor would stake his/her reputation on.” Here’s how:

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Topics: Sponsorship, Managing Your Career, Intentional Mindset

Sponsors Pick You: Put Yourself in a Position to SHINE

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

It’s annual review time, and you are called in for your feedback session. They tell you that, again, you were rated as a high performer. Your career trajectory has been rapid so far, but you are starting to set your sights on the leadership levels in your organization. Your boss obviously knows you do great work. But who else knows? When it comes time to identify the company’s next set of leaders, is there someone in that conversation that is in your corner? Do they know what you want and how well you perform? Do you have a sponsor to represent your best interests when the best opportunities are discussed?

There is a tipping point in every career. Hard work alone will not maintain your career acceleration. Eventually, you will need support – the support of someone in a more senior position who can be your sponsor. The person who will put their own reputation on the line, speak on your behalf, and open doors to new opportunities and relationships.

But unlike a mentor, you can’t pick a sponsor. Sponsors must pick you. So how do you make yourself a top pick for a potential sponsor?

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Topics: Sponsorship, Managing Your Career

“K” is for: Know that you benefit – you get as much as you give.

Posted by Carol Seymour on May 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

We can all agree that sponsoring talented people into leadership roles is good for the business and good for your sponsorees, but as a sponsor, how do you benefit? Choosing to be a sponsor is a commitment, requiring significant investment on your behalf. But if you choose to take on this important role, know that you will benefit more than you thought possible.

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

“R” is for: Respect her authentic style of leadership

Posted by Carol Seymour on Apr 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility. When leaders commit to developing others, their goal should be to bring the unique gifts of that individual to the forefront. It’s not about trying to lead them on your same career path, but to help them find their own inner compass to lead with. It’s about increasing their skills, adding your experience and perspective, and exposing them to opportunities they can’t see.

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

“A” is for: Affirm her potential as a leader

Posted by Carol Seymour on Apr 18, 2018 10:58:50 AM

The Korn Ferry Institute just released a wonderful report, called “Women CEOs Speak,” where they surveyed 57 women CEOs about their paths to leadership. One finding that struck me was:

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

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