Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Author: Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
RRP: $20.00

Mentoring has long been a traditional approach to career development for professionals. However, in Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor, author Sylvia Ann Hewlett suggests that sponsorship is the new way to fast-track your career. The book introduces readers to the concept of sponsorship – a transactional, strategic alliance between protégé and sponsor – and the practicalities of this arrangement in relation to accelerating your career. The book provides a range of useful strategies for establishing sponsorships, from diagnosing your dreams and mapping organisational landscapes, to your sponsor’s expectations as a protégé and how to meet these. To assist with understanding these strategies, Hewlett provides valuable case studies and shares excerpts of interviews with protégés and sponsors. For example, the chapter “Distribute Your Risk” provides case studies from Bank of America and Deloitte in the above strategies and information on how proteges can use them to get ahead in their careers. Overall, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor is a helpful and eye-opening read for any professional seeking a fresh approach to improving their career.

By Nicholas Hui