Herminia Ibarra. Professor, author and speaker.
A world authority on leadership, career transition and women’s advancement
The accelerated pace of technological change and, most recently, the advent of AI are reshaping jobs and organizations in ways that call for constant career reinvention. So we all need to learn how to get better at making the most of the frequent transitions that will constitute a long working life.
Networking is critical for senior executives who are making job and career transitions, but it’s hard to find advice on how best to manage the process. In this article, the authors — who have decades of experience working with executives during periods of transition — identify six networking hurdles that executives often encounter, and they provide guidance on how to get over them.
Sponsorship is a vital mechanism for advancing the careers of junior employees. But it’s not just a one-way relationship in which everything flows from the sponsor to the sponsee. What sponsees bring to the relationship, in fact, is just as important — if not more important — than what sponsors do. This article describes six of the most important attributes of successful sponsees.