Over a year ago we, at The Mpower Group, tapped into this major conversation around the difference between Strategic Sourcing and Category Management. So many of our client organizations are trying to make that journey and finding it to be quite challenging. Let’s ALL acknowledge the fact that…
I read an interview with Sylvia Anne Hewlett, author of Forget a Mentor – Find a Sponsor which I thought was a perfect spin off to my last post – Do You have a “Challenger in Chief”? . In this interview Ms. Hewlett describes the difference between a mentor and a sponsor – “In short, mentors advise; sponsors act”.
The sponsor of change is a senior officer, one who holds the organizational power to legitimize the change. This person knows when the time has come for change and has the confidence and strength to do something about it. The sponsor goes forth and leads—overcoming obstacles, finding truth, and sharing knowledge. Significant organizational change will not occur unless those who legitimize or mandate the change demonstrate FULL commitment to the task.