An integral part of the LCLD Pathfinder Program curriculum is the online experiential learning component, accessible via the LCLD Pathfinder E-Module Portal. Pathfinders and Program Facilitators were emailed their respective login credentials in on April 25, 2017.
There will be a total of four Pathfinder E-Modules between the April and November in-person meetings. Each of the modules will be available as described in the welcome package that was distributed at the beginning of the program year.
LCLD will send emails letting Pathfinders and Program Facilitators know when each module opens and closes via firstname.lastname@example.org. You may use this page as a reference between formal communications.
Please see below for the available 2017 Pathfinder Program e-modules and associated assignments.
Online E-Module 2: Sponsorship
Title: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement
Companion Worksheet: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, July 17, 2017
NOTE: This e-module will open on Monday, June 5, at 1:30 pm ET.
Sponsorship Action Assignments:
Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Monday, July 17, 2017.
1) If you already have (or have had) a sponsor, think about the person or people who have been your sponsor(s). What has made the relationship(s) work and how might you duplicate that experience?
2) Think about what characteristics you would like to better develop in yourself and who might be a good sponsor for you on your journey.
3) Meet with your Program Facilitator or an LCLD Fellow from your organization to discuss their experiences with sponsorship.
4) Make a list of your professional relationships using the “Personal Board of Directors” slide from the e-module. What can you do to deepen those relationships, and how you can turn these people into sponsors?
5) Reach out to a potential sponsor inside or outside your organization and arrange to meet for lunch or coffee.
6) Set Goals: Choose one or more of the topics below and write a specific goal with a target completion date. Share your goal and timeline with a partner—either your Program Facilitator or a fellow Pathfinder. Be sure to add a recurring appointment to your calendar to check-in with your partner to hold yourself accountable for your progress.
- What will you do to develop your brand to help you develop your sponsor relationships?
- How can you leverage your EQ to attract sponsors?
- What are the self-limiting beliefs you have that are preventing you from developing sponsorship relationships right now?
Suggested Readings on Sponsorship:
While optional, these articles will help to supplement the module on Sponsorship.
1) Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
2) Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals into Leadership, Center for Talent Innovation
3) The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling, Harvard Business Review
Online E-Module 1: Goal-Setting
Title: Building Career Success - The Power of Goal-Setting
Companion Worksheet: Building Career Success — The Power of Goal-Setting Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2017
Goal-Setting Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Monday, June 5, 2017.
1) Meet with your Program Facilitator to discuss the essential skills (these can be either technical or “soft” skills) necessary to continue to progress to more senior levels of leadership/responsibility within your organization.
2) Re-read your most recent performance review and pick one skill/function that you would like to better develop. Create a development plan for that skill. If you like, meet with your Program Facilitator to identify firm- or organization-specific development tools available to you.
3) Review your report and the online materials from the MBTI session presented in April (view Adobe materials here and Harley-Davidson materials here). Develop and implement a plan to refine your approach to working with a supervising attorney who displays a different personality type.
4) Getting honest and accurate feedback is essential to career development. Ask three colleagues to give you the first three words they think of when they think of your work. Are the words they use consistent with your self-image of the work you do?
5) Meet with your Program Facilitator to to review training opportunities available within your organization and/or community.
Suggested Readings on Goal-Setting:
While optional, these books/articles will help to supplement the module on Goal-Setting.
1) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
2) What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential, by Robert Steven Kaplan - Harvard Business Review
3) “Make Your Work Resolutions Stick” by Rebecca Knight - Harvard Business Review
Please contact Lori Lorenzo, Program Director, with any questions on substance or deadlines.
For technical questions about the Pathfinder Portal, please contact Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager.