Learn how to engage your sponsor to support and promote your career within the company.
- If you're willing to do the work, your sponsor…will gladly become your advocate.…After you've found and established trust with your sponsor…you'll need to understand how to engage them…so that they are willing to advocate for you…when the opportunity presents itself.…In order to do this, show your sponsor…that you're willing to do the hard work…and that you're not asking for a handout.…That means that you need to approach them…with vulnerability and transparency.…A number of years ago I was working for a company…and I recognized that I wanted to move into a new position.…
I wasn't sure how I was going to get there,…so I turned to one of my sponsors.…Instead of asking for them to give me a recommendation…for the next job, I asked them what they thought…was missing from my skillset…and that would prevent me from getting promoted.…When I went to them in the spirit of vulnerability…and transparency, instead of pretending as if I had…it all together, it opened them up to giving me feedback…about some things that I needed to work on.…
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- Defining your career goals
- Leveraging your sponsor's influence
- Engaging with your sponsor as an advocate
- Finding projects outside your job requirements
- Making your strengths visible to your organization
- Navigating political roadblocks
- Avoiding career potholes