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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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Scan the Horizon for Potential Sponsors

Fourteen years ago, Audrey was toiling in the trenches as one among a legion of junior-level project managers in the National Australia Group’s Glasgow office. Intent on relocating, she had set her sights on Melbourne, Australia, because only a handful of UK expats ever got to work in Australia, and she wanted that breadth of experience on her résumé. “I knew it would powerfully accelerate my career,” she explains.

She also knew she would need help: some powerful executive who would talk glowingly about her skill sets, lobby for her relocation, and ensure that other candidates didn’t beat her to the finish line. She needed a sponsor.

Scanning the office for candidates—leaders who knew her but who also ...

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