Forget Squad Goals
Forget your squad goals; you need a personal Board of Directors. You already have a tribe of women in your personal life. What about your professional life? Growing your successful career is a lot like building a business. Think of yourself as your own company, and you are the CEO. Just as the CEO of a company would appoint a board of directors, you should build your board.
At every level of your career, you should have a personal board of directors. A personal board of directors is different from having a coach or mentor. Your personal board of directors should consist of four or five key people who are not emotionally invested in you. So no friends. Instead, these individuals should believe in your abilities and talents. These are the people you look to give you advice when you face key decisions. Your personal board of directors should be a strong, tight-knit inner circle with each person filling a specific role.
Companies take great care in selecting their board members, and so should you. There is no right way to develop your personal board of directors. They should be a diverse group of leaders and influencers who inspire, challenge and motivate you to make bold moves.
When you are building your board of directors, consider including these five types of people.
1. The Connector
The connector is a people person. She has cultivated excellent relationships with just about everyone. A connector loves to open doors, make introductions, and help you grow your network.
2. The Informational Powerhouse
The informational powerhouse has her finger on the pulse of the organization. If you need to know about new trends, ideas, or projects, this is the person you want to seek out.
3. The Influencer
An influencer makes things happen. If you need people to get on board with a new idea or project, then you want to reach out and to your influencer.
4. The Mentor
A mentor supports your professional growth and development. She provides advice, feedback, guidance, and can be your sounding board. Look for someone who inspires you and is willing to invest in your success. Set up a meeting and talk with the individual to identify if she is the right fit for you.
5. The Sponsor
The sponsor is the influential person who can help accelerate your career by putting your name forward for high visibility projects and assignments. You don't choose a sponsor he or she chooses you. Get their attention by demonstrating outstanding job performance in all that you do.
These are just a few people to consider for your personal board of directors. Maybe you are looking for a different set of individuals for your board of directors. It truly is what best serves you and your career goals and aspirations.
Keep in mind that as you grow and your career goals change your personal board of directors will evolve and change as well. Remember, you are the CEO of your own company, and you have to be intentional about the people you allow into your circle of influence.
Take time to get clear on what you want for your career and build a personal board of directors that will help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Are you ready to build your personal board of directors? Need some help? Let's connect. Send me a message at donalisa@evolutionucoaching to set up a time.