Stop Mentoring and Start Sponsoring

Connecting is a key part of business, and something microbusiness owners and entrepreneurs need to survive. But it’s not always easy to know what kind of connection to look for, or what to do when you find someone.

Host Mary McCarthy of YMT Consultants and Co-Host Sharon DeLay of Go-HR discuss a Harvard Business Review podcast and article that examined why men still get more promotions at work than women. It draws a line between mentors and sponsors, and found that women tended to have mentors, when they really needed a sponsor to help them get ahead.

“We have to know what we want, and then ASK. You definitely won’t get it if you don’t. It’s like playing the lottery. You can’t win if you don’t try.” ~ Mary McCarthy

Mary and Sharon discuss mentors vs. sponsors, why sponsoring may come more naturally to men, and what women need to do to help themselves and other women.

“…I think you need to go in there prepared and I think you need to be able to take it. Because what a good mentor or sponsor is going to tell you is going to be very uncomfortable a lot of times…” ~ Sharon DeLay

What You Will Learn in this “Stop Mentoring and Start Sponsoring” podcast:

  • The difference between mentoring and sponsoring
  • Why men may be better at taking advantage of sponsoring than women
  • The importance of being intentional and setting expectations
  • How to find the right person to help you

Related Reading: Harvard Business Review: Women Are Over-Mentored (But Under-Sponsored)

More information on the WSBA Mentor Match Program mentioned in this podcast:

Host Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.

Sharon DeLay is the Founder and President of GO-HR, a full-service HR consulting business. It works mainly with microbusinesses, doing everything from hiring to firing employees, and all Human Resource Management services that fall in between.

Sharon DeLay
4889 Sinclair Road, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43229
P (614) 473-0122

About the Host:                                                                                                                                Mary McCarthy                                                                                                                               Host, The Successful Micropreneur Podcast                                                                           President of Your Management Team, Inc.                                                                          Co-Founder of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.




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