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Why Young Women Should Consider Sponsors for Career Advancement [Guest Post]

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Why Young Women Should Consider Sponsors for Career Advancement

When it comes to advancing in your career, doing it alone may seem a little daunting or even scary. This could be especially true if you are new to the job market, returning to civilian life, or embarking upon a brand new career. It is always a good idea to have someone in your corner to help you along the path to success, and a sponsor could be just the push and motivation you need. According to Forbes, a sponsor is “a more aggressive cousin of mentorship, involving advocating for the advancement of high-potential individuals in their careers.” In other words, a sponsor is someone who will put their reputation on the line to advocate for you.

Consider the Stats

When deciding whether or not finding a sponsor is the right career move, take a look at the stats. According to research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), 68 percent of sponsored women feel that they are advancing in their career at a steady and satisfactory pace compared with 57 percent of their unsponsored peers.

The research also showed that sponsors have a positive effect on pay raises and leadership

 roles. When asking for a raise, 70 percent of women didn’t feel comfortable approaching their bosses. In comparison, with a sponsor, 38 percent of women felt comfortable making the request. As for getting placed in a high-visibility team or a position of leadership, only 36 percent of women said they felt comfortable approaching their boss about the opportunity. With the backing of a sponsor, 44 percent of women took the plunge and asked for the promotion.

How Are Sponsors Beneficial?

A sponsor is your advocate for success as you move up the corporate ladder, but what exactly can they do for you? According to The Balance, sponsors can actively put your name in the ring when an opening is available that matches your skills, experience, and abilities, and personally contact the decision-maker who has the authority to say “yes” to the opportunity or promotion for which you are being considered. Consider your sponsor to be your reference.

Sponsors also have the connections to match you up with others who can help you make progress. In addition, a sponsor has likely been in your shoes at point or another in their career, so they can serve as a toolbox of advice, tips, and personal experience. Take advantage of this and learn from their experience to create your own.

Think of the relationship with your sponsor as a strategic partnership. In an interview for a Monster article, Steve Lanegerud says that the “role of sponsor is to ask what you can do for an employer, not what can be done to develop you as a person and/or professional.” He also notes, “The focus is on creating, demonstrating and leveraging work product that can be used to position you for advancement either internally or externally.” In this strategic partnership, your sponsor takes an active role in your career advancement, and helps you to become more visible.

Qualities to Look for in a Sponsor

It is important to know what qualities to be on the lookout for when trying to find a sponsor. Your fellow colleagues are great, but your sponsor needs to be someone with influence and power. CoreAxis describes the qualities of a good sponsor as being trustworthy and having a “thorough understanding of an organization’s culture and tacit rules.”

When looking for a sponsor, The Balance suggests seeking out opportunities to interact with people in senior positions, so consider joining networking or professional groups in your organization or field. Individuals in your family and friendship circles who have influence in the field you are in or desire to be in will be helpful too. Don’t be afraid to approach them and simply ask to have coffee and pick their brain. Who knows what might become of it – maybe a sponsorship.

Author: Gloria Martinez

Womenled.org

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Discipline is NOT Punishment

Discipline is NOT Punishment. This has been a very HOT topic of discussion among my peers. The topic of getting things done is YOUR responsibility and people need to stop being so SOFT! I have talked about this in a ton of episodes on the Rotated Views podcast and I simply wanted to add a few things to the topic.

I was “planning” to begin my workouts every morning before I did ANYTHING else, but on the very first day I caved to my own negative self-talk. That’s right, even the “motivation” guy has his own weak points to making things happen; something I know I will be working on for the rest of my life. Anyway, I found myself supplying my mind with a ton of excuses as to why these morning workouts were not such a good idea after all…ultimately, I buckled.

Then I began getting mad at myself for NOT working out in the morning throughout the day. I realized I talked myself out of these morning workouts with no REAL good reason. This was frustrating and I knew something had to change in order for me to get the results I wanted. You see, it wasn’t JUST the mornings where the excuses flew into my mind…it was ALL DAY LONG! So even in the evenings when I told myself I would workout, I wouldn’t even follow-through. So I quickly realized I was full-of-crap!

The pain of discipline is a better feeling than the pain of regret and failure. I knew I had to not only commit myself to my decision of working out in the mornings, but understood that this would be a daily challenge I had to overcome. I had to stay consistent and persistent in my efforts; you know…practice what I preach. I had to shut off all the noise and focus on the goal. I knew my body would tell me to stay in bed, so I overcame those thoughts with a winning mentality. As a side note, your body will always be tired…you have to know when to ignore the exhaustion.

Of course this took a little while for me to overcome, but I am now in the routine of working out 5 days a week, first thing in the morning. You see, you cannot simply say “Working out in the morning is not for me”, and totally throw in the towel for physical fitness. You have to come up with a solution for a better time, otherwise, you too are full of crap! Straight up LAZY! Hahaha

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.- buddha

I strongly believe that decision must be backed with discipline. Discipline is NOT punishment, it’s self-control regulated enough to produce the desired results. So stop being so soft and step up to the plate. Stop feeling bad for yourself and making up excuses; they only person that is affected by the them is you. Make a decision to change, take action and stay disciplined…your future self will thank you, believe me, it’s worth it!

To Your Massive Success,

Jimmylee

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