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Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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Embrace Your Dream and Do a Diagnostic

Do you have a vision for yourself? A clear picture of your career destination? Do you know what success—your success—will look and feel like?

Executive coach Gail Blanke suggests that anyone contemplating an arduous undertaking remember Walt Disney’s advice to the executives planning the Magic Kingdom: build the castle first. Back in 1971 when he was spearheading that first theme park, he understood that everyone involved in achieving his dream—from the Madison Avenue ad men selling it to the guys hacking their way through the mosquito-infested Florida swamp—needed literally to see the majesty and the beauty of this vision, lest they forget what they were working toward. So the first thing to rear up ...

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