Prof. Wendy Murphy collaborates with Boston University professor to co-author "Strategic Relationships at Work"

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Professor Wendy Murphy has co-authored a must-have guide to mentoring with Boston University Professor Kathy Kram. Their new book, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life applies the scholarship of mentoring to help everyone become an entrepreneurial protégé. 




As job mobility increases, globalization expands, and technology advances, people need more than a steady job and a solid network to keep their career on track. Whether individuals are just starting out, are firmly established, or at the top of their profession, mentors are necessary to learn and grow. Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.


Introducing Strategic Relationships at Work


The first comprehensive mentoring guide written specifically for 21st-century career building, this entrepreneurial approach to work relationships addresses the key issues of our time:


  • Job Mobility: How to make personal connections one can transfer from job to job
  • Globalization: What one can learn from new mentors in a larger global context
  • Technology: How to engage with the latest advances in social media and technology
  • Pace of Change: What one can do to keep up with a little help from one’s friends


Using simple tools and proven strategies, the guide shows readers how to leverage existing relationships to map out a new developmental network that grows with their career. They'll learn the secrets of companies with excellent developmental cultures, including:


  • IBM
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Sodexo
  • KPMG


Readers will discover the most effective ways to develop new talent in the workplace through formal programs that leverage:


  • mentors
  • sponsors
  • coaches
  • reverse mentors
  • mentoring circles


Readers will also learn how leaders create work cultures where both formal and informal mentoring thrives. In addition, they'll find charts and checklists to assess work, relationships, and career paths.




Whether readers plan to move in and out of the workforce, make lateral or nontraditional career moves, or simply want to learn or teach new skills, the guide will help folks learn to take control of their destiny and build the career or company they envision.




View Professor Murphy's Business Insight interview with Peter Marx.




The mentoring guide is available in hardcover, e-book and audio book.


About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​



By Lindsey Cunningham, , 781-239-4548 | 08/19/2014 05:00