Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

  • by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who's pulling for you? Who's got your back? Who's putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board - but they're not your ticket to the top.
If you're interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor - a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.
In this powerful yet practical audiobook, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett - author of 10 critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps - shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the "two-way street" that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this audiobook allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.
Whether you're looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.

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What the Critics Say

"Hewlett's book is full of smart advice, backed up by data, about the impact that a senior-level leader who acts as an advocate can have on others." (Washington Post)

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Misleading title, focuses on women and minorities

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

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- Kerry Jones

Extremely easy to listen to

I was able to relate to a lot in this book. I often worried how I can propel my career. I will listen this book again...I'm encouraged but recognize how hard it's been to find a sponsor in corporate America as an African American woman.
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- MsJasmineR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC