Join Simon T. Bailey for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a personal board of directors, part of Building Business Relationships.
When I first started out on my own, I was overconfident and not open to other perspectives. Everything was about me, and I was not curious. I had to let go of wanting to be right, and really had to say that I was ready to expand, to stretch and to tweak my view of things. What made a difference in how I saw the world and business was my personal board of directors. If you intend to grow as a professional, it is important that you surround yourself with 3 to 5 diverse individuals with unique skill sets.
These people will act as your personal board of directors. They will close your knowledge gaps and help you move forward. Find a few people that you naturally connect with. And at least one who is opposite of you in thinking. Their opposite input will expand your world view. Remember, you may not agree with them, but if you intend to be relevant in every economy, then you need to see how the other side thinks. So, let's get started building your personal board of directors.
Here's how you do it. First, determine who should be on your board. Seek people who are ethnically diverse and have a range in age. You want experts and skillsets different than your own and come from a different background. This will ensure that you have a board that is culturally diverse. Second, you need to find them. Look for people in your place of business, your current network and professional associations. This should be a person who believes in you and wants to see you advance in your career.
Once you've identified someone, you can say something like, there're some things I don't know, and I need your help. Would you be willing to be on my personal board of directors? If they say yes, then share with them the commitment! You should plan to meet with them every 90 days, individually or collectively, for a minimum of 75 minutes. The agenda of this meeting should focus on the action areas and include answers to four important questions. The first question, where have you been within the last 90 days in your business and life? The answer to this question informs them of what you are doing to achieve your goals, and where you need their assistance.
Second, why are you here? This further clarifies that you are staying on purpose, focus and not chasing shiny objects. Third, what can you do? This invites you to let go of what's not working, identify what will work and establish a time to evaluate next steps. For example, over commitment may cause you to reassess the highest and best use of your time in order to generate results.
The fourth question, simply put is, where are you going? Your goal should be creating an effective quarter which impacts your future growth. This also gives your board something to hold you accountable to in your next meeting. For example, within the next 90 days, what are you going to do to sharpen your presentation skills? So, you may commit to making a presentation to your department, division, or voluntary organization. I have just shared with you a framework of how to build a relationship by leveraging a personal board of directors.
These steps will increase your confidence and allow you to learn from the experience of others.
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- Resolving cross-department conflict
- Identifying mentors and sponsors
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