Innovating Talent Management: Ch. 9 - Innovation in Supporting Excellence - Mentoring, Sponsorship
Ida O. Abbott, Esq., Jessica Natkin, 2016.
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"Innovation in Supporting Excellence — From Mentoring to Sponsorship, Coaching, and Beyond" (Chapter 9 from Innovating Talent Management), begins with an instructive summary of the difference between these methods of providing “a focus on professional learning and career development through individual and personal attention.” Drawing on the authors’ experience, the chapter identifies, analyzes, and discusses the evolution, pros and cons, and emerging practices in each of the three areas. It provides profiles of, and a checklist for, the attributes of a great internal coach as well as case studies to practically illustrate how success in these areas manifests itself in law firms. The chapter concludes with an observation, the foundation for which is evident from the preceding discussion, that while the methods and tools used in coaching, mentorship, and sponsorship may change, nothing will replace the critical role that relationships formed through these interactions play in supporting individual performance excellence, professionalism, effective and efficient management, diverse and inclusive leadership, and, consequently, the excellent client experience offered by the firm and the firm’s success.
Providing helpful tips, tools, and suggestions that support talent management professionals in their work as change agents and intrapreneurs, Innovating Talent Management acts as a resource for law firm leaders, legal department leaders, COOs, and CEOs as they consider their growth strategies and business priorities in the next decade. Law schools will also find this a helpful resource as they review, reshape, and relaunch their curricula to prepare graduates for the 21st century legal marketplace.
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