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“A mentor is somebody who has knowledge and will share it with you. They’re going to invest their time in helping you learn. A sponsor is somebody who has power and will use it for you. They’re going to invest their political capital in you.” (Source: Harvard Business Review Podcast)
Are you a business leader in a large corporation, thinking that you’ve made it to the top and don’t need any more guidance? Think again! Having a mentor and a sponsor can bring a whole host of benefits that you may not have even thought of.
First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room – yes, you are a seasoned pro and have a wealth of experience under your belt. But, let’s be real, no one knows everything and there’s always something new to learn. A mentor can help fill in those gaps and give you a fresh perspective on things.
But it’s not just about learning new skills – having a mentor can also help you navigate the often-murky waters of office politics and help you make key connections within your industry. And, let’s admit it, sometimes it can be lonely at the top. A mentor can be a sounding board for your ideas, and someone to confide in when you’re feeling lost or stuck.
Now, let’s add a sponsor into the mix. A sponsor is someone who actively promotes and advocates for you within your organization, often providing access to opportunities and resources that may otherwise be unavailable to you. It’s more than just a mentor-mentee relationship, it’s a strategic partnership that can help accelerate your career growth.
And, we know you’re probably thinking, “but I don’t have time for a mentor or sponsor!”. But the beauty of mentorship is that it can be tailored to fit your schedule. It doesn’t have to be a weekly, hour-long meeting – it can be as simple as grabbing coffee once a month or having a quick chat on the phone every few weeks.
So don’t let your pride get in the way – go out there and find yourself a mentor and a sponsor. Or give us a call and be prepared for the surprising benefits that come with our mentoring program!
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