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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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MAKING THE MOST OF RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEERS

Oprah Winfrey once said, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Who will ride the bus with you? Now that you are seeking sponsors in high places, considering a professional coach, and perhaps continuing the quest for that “true mentor,” we don’t want you to miss the most available and accessible mentors: your peers.

While mentoring has been a hot topic for anyone concerned with career advancement for 30 years and formal mentoring programs have become ubiquitous, an unintended consequence is that peer relationships have fallen off the radar screen as an important resource.

In our research, we have found ...

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