The Oil Industrys Best-kept Secret - A book full of inspiration and advice

‘A guide and sounding board… no matter your age’ ‘Everyone needs a mentor. That’s especially the case for a woman who has aspirations, but in truth it can be anyone at any time. People sometimes take the mentoring relationship too seriously and so are a bit afraid of it. In fact, all it involves is someone, not in your direct line, who is a guide and sounding board. It doesn’t matter whether you are 22, 42 or 52 – there will be days when you need the sounding board. It might be because you have an idea but don’t know how to frame it, or it’s not landing the way you want it to. Or perhaps your boss has sent you a note that has really wound you up but you’re thinking of responding in a way that won’t have a good outcome. You need to talk that through with someone else. They will give you feedback and/or suggest a different approach. No matter what age you are, it’s fabulous to have a mentor.’ Colette Cohen

‘Mentoring usually leads to sponsorship’ ‘Mentoring and sponsorship are vital in my view. I see mentoring as talking with someone, and sponsorship is talking about them in a positive way when they’re not in the room. You can have one without the other, but mentoring usually leads to sponsorship.’ Dr Ceri M Powell



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