Topic: Leadership

Protect Your Protégée from Flextime Saboteurs

Flexible scheduling can benefit everyone, but some people don’t see it that way. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know A talented, ambitious woman who works less than full time or takes extended family leave is extremely vulnerable to being derailed professionally. Whether because she is “out of sight/out of mind,” or because people doubt her commitment, she may be disregarded for promotions or high-profile projects. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: ‘Soft Skills’ Advice Needed, Too | Use Others to Promote Your Protégée | 8 Ways Sponsors Can Highlight Opportunities | 17 Ways Sponsors Can Help Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can […]

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How to Keep Sex from Derailing a Sponsorship

Bonus checklist: 14 ways to prevent trouble. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know If you are concerned about the possibility of sex-related problems, consider the degree of risk involved and whether you are willing to assume it. Before you decide, consider first that you might be exaggerating the risk, and second that this is a risk that can be prevented and managed. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Use Others to Promote Your Protégée | 8 Ways Sponsors Can Highlight Opportunities | 17 Ways Sponsors Can Help Protégées | What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back […]

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‘Soft Skills’ Advice Needed, Too

Your protégée needs feedback. Sometimes you’ll need help providing it. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Feedback is important at any level of professional development. But for a woman trying to become a leader, honest, clear and practical feedback is essential. She needs to know both how well she is performing and how to project the image she wants others to have of her. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Use Others to Promote Your Protégée | 8 Ways Sponsors Can Highlight Opportunities | 3 Ways to Open a Sponsorship Conversation | What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can […]

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Use Others to Promote Your Protégée

9 ways to help her be more visible and get better assignments. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Promoting your protégée to others is an important part of sponsorship. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 8 Ways Sponsors Can Highlight Opportunities | 17 Ways Sponsors Can Help Protégées What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close | 4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power | Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | 4 Ways […]

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8 Ways Sponsors Can Highlight Opportunities

Help your protégée showcase her strengths, but leave the final career decisions up to her. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Once you have identified a woman to sponsor and determined that you click, you may be wondering how to get started. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 17 Ways Sponsors Can Help Protégées | 3 Ways to Open a Sponsorship Conversation | What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power | Bias About Women with Families Lingers | Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 […]

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17 Ways Sponsors Can Help Protégées

An effective sponsorship requires that you follow through. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know When you sponsor a woman, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that the relationship is productive and achieves its objectives. Here are some tips for getting off to a strong start and following through effectively, especially by focusing on career opportunities and promoting your protégée to others. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways to Open a Sponsorship Conversation | What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power | Bias […]

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3 Ways to Open a Sponsorship Conversation

And how to decide whether to spend the political capital. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Most sponsorship occurs informally, without any structured or programmatic context. Informal sponsor-protégée relationships usually start in one of three ways. The most common way is when a senior manager or partner identifies someone as a star performer, believes that she has what it takes to succeed and wants to make that success happen. The sponsor recognizes her talent and potential while they work together or when he observes her at work and is impressed by her ability. As the two work together their relationship grows. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: What Sponsors Need from Protégées | 3 Ways […]

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What Sponsors Need from Protégées

It goes both ways, you know. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Most leaders engage in sponsorship and have been sponsored themselves, so the nature of a sponsor-protégée relationship should be familiar. Generally speaking, you sponsor women just as you do men. You may have to make a little more effort up front. And you might need to adapt to the impact of motherhood and other sex-related differences. But the strategies and tactics that sponsors use to help women move ahead are not much different than those for men. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships | Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back […]

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3 Ways to Derail Sponsorships

Women and men can work together well, but sometimes it takes work. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know We know that even when a relationship between a woman and a man is strictly business-focused, others may not see it that way. Here are three thorny issues to watch for and quell. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close | 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power | Bias About Women with Families Lingers | Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman | Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 […]

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