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Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life by Kathy Kram, Wendy Murphy

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CREATING AND SUSTAINING A DEVELOPMENTAL CULTURE

What do companies like Google, Zappos, and JetBlue have in common? They are as well known for their work culture as they are for their products, and their leaders play a critical role in shaping that culture. However, in today’s rapidly changing and networked world, a strong culture should also help develop your workforce. Developing people through mentoring should be viewed as a holistic practice embraced by leaders at every level.

This requires a shift in mindset. Mentoring should be an important part of everyday interactions, beyond formal programs and targeted initiatives. You should pay attention to culture when you choose where to work and lead. Your organizational culture will either enhance ...

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