Have a Personal Board of Directors? WHY NOT? Surround Yourself with People Who Will Push You to Grow!
Do you have a Personal Board of Directors? WHY NOT? Some of the best advice I ever got came from a good friend, former CHRO colleague and currently a coach who shares my passion for the field, Bob Ryan. He asked me to be on his Board…at first, I was like “huh”? Then, I realized the brilliance of the request. Today, I push my clients to think about who will help them grow. NOT who will tell them how wonderful they are. When it comes to planning our careers, we carefully choose our companies and jobs. But rarely are we deliberate about selecting the advisers and confidantes who help us succeed. Cultivate a support group for your career (read Board of Directors) by thinking about whose advice and expertise you wish you had on speed dial. Consider who you feel inspired by, whether they’re colleagues, senior leaders, or peers in your field. Seek these individuals out, and be candid about why you admire them and why you want to connect. Focus on building a relationship that will benefit both of you. Ask for direct feedback, not just feedback. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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