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  • Career Mentors & Sponsors Accountability Thread

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  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Let’s get the discussion going….

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 5, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Hi EbunWoman Raising Hand Tone4

    Looking forward to the first session today! Smiley

    Question –  What does a Sponsor look for when considering who to Sponsor?

    Thanks 

    Tolani

    • Anonymous

      Deleted User
      November 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Tolani,

      Glad you were able to attend the session.

      I think at the very least a sponsor will expect commitment, proactiveness and tenacity. If one expects the backing and support of a sponsor this is the bare minimum. 

      It also starts with little things like showing up on time, following up on things you committed to doing, showing you can think outside the box, ensuring you have a good ‘brand’ within the organisation (I.e. what are you known for?) 

      A good question to ask is : ‘if I were a sponsor,  would I take a risk on me’? 

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Great session Ebun. Absolutely insightful, well done!

    Please find below questions you were not able to answer on the webinar. 

    • How do you create visibility where your manager takes all the credit for where you have done the bulk of the work?

    • How do I go about getting a mentor or a sponsor if I’m not currently employed?

    • Is it okay to put a shout out on LinkedIn?

    • Have you had a mentor in the opposite sex and how did you manage the relationship? My next move is male dominated and I’m looking to get a male mentor but I have no experience of managing such a relationship

    • Is it ok to get a sponsor a gift? Will they feel like they are being bribed?

    • Anonymous

      Deleted User
      November 5, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for all the great questions and for being such an engaged audience. Will be sure to respond to the questions over the next few days! 

    • Anonymous

      Deleted User
      November 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm

      Hi Omotola, thanks for posting these questions which I’ve responded to below.

      • How do you create visibility where your manager takes all the credit for where you have done the bulk of the work?

      – It is not unusual for managers to entrust work to competent members of their teams and that’s perfectly ok. Making your boss look good is actually a good thing! However, what is not ok, is when they never highlight the contributions you have made. This is why you really shouldn’t rely on your manager to highlight your work (although a good manager often will). One way to highlight your work is meeting with stakeholders in your function/business to understand their key priorities, highlighting other similar projects or deliverables you have worked on which could help them.

      • How do I go about getting a mentor or a sponsor if I’m not currently employed?

      – Networking is a great way to meet new people. The good news is you do not need to be employed to network. Identify career or industry events which are likely to be engaging and take time out to attend a few. Be prepared to talk about your skills, experience and interests and be sure to follow up with people who you share similar interests with. You could say something along the lines of – I’m really interested in learning more about your career journey, I have a similar background to you and would be grateful for some tips on how to develop my career along similar lines.

      – In summary, start by putting yourself out there, build meaningful connections/ relationships and ask!

      • Is it okay to put a shout out on LinkedIn?

      – Although I have seen some examples of this working, putting a generic shout on LinkedIn may not always be effective unless your ‘connections’ are genuine connections who you know personally and interact with regularly.

      – A more targeted way might be to do some work upfront. Narrow down some key LinkedIn connections and write a personal message asking them to connect you to someone in their circle who may be a good mentor.

      • Have you had a mentor in the opposite sex and how did you manage the relationship? My next move is male-dominated and I’m looking to get a male mentor but I have no experience of managing such a relationship

      – Male sponsors/mentors are great allies to have especially in a male-dominated industry, so go for it! If you are concerned about maintaining appropriate boundaries, I would recommend setting some ground rules in this area. Ensure discussions with a male mentor always take place in an appropriate location. E.g. a mentor I know uses a regular café location for all his mentees and will typically do this within set times of the day. It may also help to ensure you have a clear agenda of points you want to discuss at each session.

      • Is it ok to get a sponsor a gift? Will they feel like they are being bribed?

      – Most people appreciate kind, thoughtful gestures! However, while a sponsor may not feel ‘bribed’ by your gift, they may not always be in a position to accept it. This may be due to a number of factors such as the nature of the relationship, whether or not your sponsor is internal to your organisation, whether the organisation has any policy restrictions. It is often best to go with a token gesture rather than anything overly expensive. For example, theatre tickets or a book may be more appropriate than an expensive iPad. If in doubt, ask someone in their circle an Executive Assistant who would know. 

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Ebun, Career Masterclass, everyone!

    Absolutely loved the webinar – it was very insightful.

    Ebun, Bukola – I would love the opportunity for a half hour chat, let’s connect and see how we can help each other!

    Nnenna

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 7, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Hi All

    So I was able to identify two mentors this week within my company that I would like to work with.  One of which i was able to strike a conversation with whilst getting a coffee and was able to chat to him for about  15 minutes.  I then asked if we can have follow up conversations and he said of course!  So fingers crossed.  

    The second one was someone within my management team. I randomly looked at his LinkedIn profile and was shocked at his breath of experience and knowledge.  This was someone I had worked with for nearly two years and I never even thought to strike up a proper relationship with him other than just a few chats here and there.  I quickly sent him a request on linkedIn and he accepted, so I am trying to build up courage to start to get to know him slowly.

    • Bukola Adisa

      Member
      November 9, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Hey Folawe 

      This is big progress! I’m so glad you courageously took the right steps in approaching those people. Keen to hear how you get on with building those relationships! 

    • Anonymous

      Deleted User
      November 20, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      Glad to hear Folawe. Sounds like the baby steps are paying off !

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Its a bit quiet in here 🙂

    • Bukola Adisa

      Member
      November 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Let’s hope they are all out busy building relationships with mentors and sponsors! 

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    November 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Ebun,

    Can you let us know when you’ll be able to answer the questions in this thread that never got answered on your call please?

    Many thanks

    Nnenna

    • Anonymous

      Deleted User
      November 21, 2019 at 12:04 am

      Hi Nnenna, see replies in thread above. Glad we finally got a chance to chat. Really glad to hear the steps you are taking to put yourself out there! Keep going, you’ve got this!

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