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Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
Narrated by: Karen Saltus
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Who's pulling for you? Who's got your back? Who's putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board - but they're not your ticket to the top.

If you're interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor - a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.

In this powerful-yet-practical audiobook, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett - author of 10 critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps - shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the "two-way street" that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this audiobook allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.

Whether you're looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.

©2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic reviews

“Hewlett’s book is full of smart advice, backed up by data, about the impact that a senior-level leader who acts as an advocate can have on others.” ( Washington Post)

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  • MsJasmineR
  • 27-06-16

Extremely easy to listen to

I was able to relate to a lot in this book. I often worried how I can propel my career. I will listen this book again...I'm encouraged but recognize how hard it's been to find a sponsor in corporate America as an African American woman.

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  • CRYSTAL WRIGHT
  • 21-06-16

Game Changing

This is by far one of the best and most impactful books that I have read on ascending in the ranks of corporate America. It inspired me to call my very first sales manager at Xerox Corporation to let him know just how amazing of a SPONSOR and mentor he had to been to me and the other woman on his team.

It's too bad, that I did not realize what was really going on, how I was being singled out for more or what to do with the opportunity. It was my generation that was the first to come into corporate America en masse quite often into sales position. Our mothers wanted a singular thing for us and that was for us to be able to take care of ourselves.

If only this book had been around then. I remember my sales manager giving the 8 women on his team a Book that was groundbreaking in its time entitled "Games mother never taught you corporate gamesmanship for women."

I have already shared this book with several women, and I promise to take this information and share it with as many women and minority's as will listen.

Thank you for writing this book. It will forever change my one on one coaching practice.

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  • Lavina
  • 16-08-19

THE career development book for women!

A refreshing (and definitely MUST) read for ladies who want to gain advancement in their career and how to leverage on having a sponsor to work out a win-win situation for both the protege and the sponsor.

The examples written by Sylvia were spot on and it opened my mind (and ears) to a whole new world of what I have not done in the past and what I should be doing going forward along with pitfalls to avoid.

Definitely recommending this to women who are feeling they have done all they need to get ahead of others in their career but are still not moving up the way they wanted to.

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  • loveiscake
  • 02-12-18

Quick, Clear, Consise and Worth Every Penny

Sylvia Ann Hewlett clarifies the difference between mentor and sponsor while discussing why each are important. Her examples illistrates the neccessity of sponsorship and how to earn it.

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  • Suzanne
  • 05-10-18

Could have been a 30 minute podcast

This book was highly recommended to me by a friend. I had just begun a mentoring program at work, and I scored two great mentors. My friend advised I read this to help tee up my conversations with them. I am glad I did; there was definitely some valuable advice in here. The idea of transitioning a mentor relationship into a sponsorship as well as ensuring it is mutually beneficial was important. It also helped me talk myself down from reaching out to an executive that briefly showed his approval of me once, but he doesn't have the visibility and clout in the organization to truly help me.

However, there were a few things that I had to fault this book for.
1. As previous reviews had mentioned, this book is mostly dedicated to advising women and minorities. The advice can be helpful and I appreciated it as a woman, but that's not what I thought this book was about. A lot of the advice to women seemed arcane to me as well. I don't need anyone to tell me not to sleep with my boss. If you think you can sleep with your boss and succeed in your career, you have bigger problems than finding a sponsor.
2. The narrator. Good grief. Where to begin. The way she spoke was so forced and dramatized. It didn't sound even remotely conversational, and she spoke with this lilting, breathy quality that was distracting and annoying. I think her voice and reading style have a lot of potential, but this performance was far too forced. For non-fiction books, I prefer narrators that sound like they're just talking to me during a normal conversation.

Overall I gave this book 3 stars because there really was some very valuable advice in here. Fortunately it's a quick listen.

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  • SFSD
  • 27-09-18

interesting concepts backed with good stories!!!

interesting theories backed with good stories and great tips for women especially. see what works for you instead of applying whats said blindly .

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  • Marie Curie
  • 29-07-18

Not my kind of book

A bit boring and lame and the writer doesn't really think out of the box IMO
I didn't like it

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  • Matt
  • 22-05-16

Started well... ended with advice mostly for women only

Good overall message. Not enough info on how to reciprocate sponsors. Last few chapters focused too much on advice for women.

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  • Kerry Jones
  • 08-07-16

Misleading title, focuses on women and minorities

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

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