Because you are.
One of the biggest blessings in my life is that I get to be a part of people’s stories of success and failure. When I first started working with Carolyn, I was impressed by her kindness, generosity and genuine interest in having positive relationships with others. Our conversations soon turned to feelings of helplessness.
She had been a solid achiever over many years and even progressed to senior leadership. She was the mother of 2 young children and her husband was the main carer for their little ones. She had the responsibility of financially providing for the family.
One morning she met with her Manager for what she thought was a routine meeting. “The organisation is restructuring, your role is being made redundant ………………and there are no redeployment opportunities”.
She had a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach.
How could this happen? She had worked solidly for ten years for this company, achieved her goals, had received glowing feedback and that was it!
She was committed to bouncing back, getting over this hump and finding a role in the organisation in the month that she had left there.
Over the following weeks more and more people were being impacted by these changes BUT…. they were being offered opportunities to stay.
She was at a loss to know why she wasn’t getting these chances.
She heard of opportunities that were available, so she applied for them. She had the skills, the experience…but she wasn’t selected. Other people were being appointed to these ahead of her.
She was tired, deflated and alone. And that was the moment she realised, she was doing it all on her own. She didn’t feel that anyone was supporting her, no one was helping her.
After many years of doing the right thing by others, delivering to plan, being kind, generous and friendly……. she had to fend for herself.
But did she? She had connections with people of influence. There were people who could and would advocate for her.
But she needed to think intentionally about this. So she took the advice below from me on how to get sponsors to back her:
- Identify senior leaders who are aware of your skills and strengths
- Consider not whom you report to, but whom your Boss reports to
- Decide who are the right people based on their ability to act in your favour, which could include connecting you to key people, giving you project opportunities or promoting your visibility within their networks.
And it worked!
She was able to secure a new role in the same organisation and continue to provide for her family.
Whilst she achieved a great outcome, she learnt much from the experience.
She now proactively leverages multiple sponsors to influence her career progress and ongoing development.
As you see, the magic begins the moment you make a choice and stay committed. No matter what…
If you want to proactively and intentionally leverage sponsors to ensure your continued career progress, watch this free C-School training module to find out more.
Question: How could sponsors support you in your career? You can leave your comment below.