Companies have a Board of Directors that keep them running strong and growing. These ‘boards’ handle the toughest decisions and oversee the general operations of the company. The credentials of the membership of these boards are impressive. They are a variety of business professionals with expertise in different market sectors and skill-sets. Some have financial leadership positions, others have expertise in human resources, banking or information technology.
I believe it is a good idea to have a personal ‘Board of Directors’ to guide your career. This board should consist of 4 or 5 senior level executives from across varying fields and specialties. These are the people that you will tap into before you make career moves and major decisions. They will help guide you the way a Board of Directors helps to guide organizations.
I have a personal Board of Directors. I consult with them when I’m in need of wise council. They give me career advice and help me to stay on track. They tell me the pitfalls to watch out for and they, up to this point, have been right on the money every time. They have kept me from making bad choices that would have harmed my career path and journey.
My board is made up of the following:
- Senior executive at Microsoft
- Executive coach
- Healthcare executive that has held varying board level positions
- Senior level CFO
- Executive recruiter
Hopefully, this gives you some ideas. I’m advising you to form a personal board of directors that consists of executives that you have worked with or come in contact with over the years. Begin to mentally think of them as your ‘guides’. They will help you stay afloat in this job market, advise you on difficult decisions, and help you thrive in a tough economy.
by Bethany Williams