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I have always been a believer in the concept that each of us needs our own personal board of directors – a group of people we can pull together four times a year to share where we are, our strategies for what is ahead and receive candid feedback and guidance.
In her talk at the Executives Club in Chicago,”Building a Personal Board– Powerful Relationships that Last” Carol Bernick, Executive Chairman of the Board, Alberto Culver Company, outlined her strategies for building a Personal Board:
The smartest people I know ask for help. Ask for help and seek advice from all facets of your life – work, family community. Out of all of the people that you know, ask yourself who can help and who really cares? With that, be very selective as you build your posse
The key elements that make a person a contributor as a personal director are strength, smarts and a illingness to push back when needed.
Take advantage of every opportunity to look for a new director: your corporate board work, not- for-profit boards, speakers or participants at industry events who impress you with their insights and a genuine openness. Be thoughtful and make the connection. This isn’t for a list of Facebook friends. This is a circle who will really care about you.
An important part of your life today is probably giving back to your community with sweat equity, dollars, your insights and passion. I have found the people I’ve met through this kind of shared commitment to be an invaluable resource in helping me address all kinds of issues.
Next, in her presentation, “Key Traits to Look for When Putting Together your ‘Personal Board’”Christy Carpenter, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Paley Center for Media, offered these tips:
Thank you to the Executives Club for these great presentations and much appreciation to Ms. Bernick and Ms. Carpenter for their guidance!