A number of folks have been writing recently on the concept of an imaginary board of directors (see Jodee, Kirsten, and Troy for their boards, and for the original sources of this idea). It’s a really cool idea: who, among all people throughout time, would you like advising you?
I loved reading others lists of imaginary board members, and then it struck me: what if it wasn’t imaginary? Who really is on your board of directors, or should be? If you’re serious about making a difference, who is advising you on key issues that you are working on?
Actually, this isn’t even my original thought. My own coach, Dee Bailey, has been encouraging me to really do this: what people do I want to ask to act as advisors to me, with specific roles and responsibilities? She’s been calling it a success team, but really it’s the same thing: selecting people with varied skills and abilities specifically to advise me and help me accomplish my dreams of making a difference.
So, this week – a challenge for you, and for me (since I have committed to doing this): who will you invite to be on your real board of directors? What skills, resources, ideas and people do you need to support you, challenge you and hold you accountable to your plans? What role(s) will you specifically ask them to take on as your board member?
I’d love to hear about your board, and I’ll keep you posted on mine!