Management Tip of the Day: Find and keep a sponsor

Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:38pm EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The best sponsors go way beyond just mentoring, but need to be earned with outstanding performance and loyalty, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Sponsors are like turbocharged mentors. They offer guidance but also advocate for you by suggesting you for a promotion, calling in favors, or connecting you with other leaders.

To find a sponsor, recognize that you must earn one with performance and loyalty. Look for leaders who are impressed with your ability to get results or appreciate your work ethic. Demonstrate that you are a dedicated and hard-working employee before asking someone to take you on as a protege.

Then be sure to meet deadlines, exceed targets, and prove that you work for the greater good of the company.

Keep your sponsor in the loop about your progress and your career. Remember it is a two-way street, so find ways to support your sponsor's interests and passions as well."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "The Relationship You Need to Get Right" by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall, and Laura Sherbin.

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