Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Our society emphasizes friends, family and co-workers as essential parts of our emotional and professional support system. Friends can offer distraction and encouragement, family members give unconditional love and co-workers may provide a sense of camaraderie and even professional advice. However, there are times when we need a fourth type of support in the form of a personal board of directors.
A personal board of directors is usually made up of up to six professionals in your age groupâ€”but not necessarily in your industryâ€”who meet once a month to for brainstorming and encouragement. In his book,Â Whoâ€™s Got Your Back (Crown Business),Â Keith Ferrazzi was one of the first to promote this idea of a small, intimate professional networking group.
If youâ€™re not convinced, here are a few reasons a personal board of directors could be worth considering:
- More Honest Than Friends and Family
Friends and family can be wonderfully supportive and encouraging, but the often donâ€™t want to be constructively honest or, if you are talking about Mom, Dad or Grandma, they think everything you do is spectacular no matter what. A personal board of directors is a great way to have a supportive but honest group of individuals to bounce ideas off of, and get advice and constructive criticism from, on everything from reports to resumes.