Topic: Leadership

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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Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close

Fears of sexual innuendo and gossip block talent development. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know A close work relationship between a man and a woman can generate sexual tensions in one or both of them. When the man is older and powerful and the woman is young and ambitious, the potential for complications is even greater. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 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 Ways Men Are […]

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Management Guru Chester Elton on Success

Three key insights for accountants on how to inspire staff, wow clients and convey appreciation. Called the “Apostle of Appreciation,” Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. After analyzing the results of 850,000 interviews, Elton’s team found that those who are happiest and most successful are engaged in work that aligns with what motivates them. His latest book, “What Motivates Me,” offers an extensively tested method to help business people identify their core motivators and figure out the disconnects between their passions and their current work. Hitendra Patil, Pransform COO and CPA Trendlines contributor, met Elton and asked him three important questions about CPA firm leadership – motivating staff, satisfying clients and showing appreciation.

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4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power

Why women resist networking and powerful role models. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Networking issues: Women tend to have a limited appreciation of how their networks can help them get ahead professionally. Developing strong business networks is critical for career advancement. Because a leader operates through others, her value and effectiveness are largely tied to the power of her network. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 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 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice […]

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