Careers - Overview
Mentor vs Sponsor
- mentor: someone who talks to you
- sponsor: someone who talks about you (e.g. to other leaders)
- build trust with stakeholders
- build relationships with others and help them see the value of your ideas.
- develop the ability to listen and understand the needs and wants of your stakeholders so you can help meet those needs and wants through your ideas and suggestions.
Mapping: Identify and map who your stakeholders are; analyze their role and needs; prioritize who needs the most attention based on their interest and influence
Alignment: Learn a way to speak and communicate to your stakeholders interests so they are more willing to listen and support
Ask for working styles
- When collaborating, do you prefer email or gChat? Are there certain things you like better for each?
- Do you like to be plussed into comments into comments in a deck or prefer I hold my questions for a 1:1?
- If I’m sharing a project over GVC, do you prefer I send it ahead of time or is it unlikely you will look at it until we meet?
- I’d like to respect your working hours. What are they?
- schedule regular 1:1.
- keep a doc for 1:1, add agenda, pre-read, follow up email.
- talk about awkward topics instead of status updates, something that cannot be discussed publicly.
- know your strength
- document your accomplishments
- meet with your manager's manager
- engage diagonally: with your manager's peers, or partner teams (sales)
- consider multiple options and give your recommendations
- ask to be in the room
- project / idea: get 1:1 feedback before present to the group, try to get greenlight ahead of time