Who's On Your Board?

Published: August 27, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

The people we surround ourselves with play a significant part in our lives, whether we like it or not.  And when it comes to building your career or business, the people you hang out can with can make or break how successful you are.  Networking’s important, but there’s one thing you can do that takes your professional associations to a whole new level…

The A-Team

It’s not exactly breaking news that networking is critical to career success these days, but what I’m talking about today is more than that.  Who do you turn to when you want to be challenged, advised, supported or directed?

I’m not referring to your partner, best mate or parents – yes, of course you’re going to ask them for their opinion and value their advice.  But when it comes to your professional life it’s important to have an unbiased and educated circle that you can turn to, safe in the knowledge that they will challenge your thinking and play devils advocate when those closest to you may simply agree and support your opinion, right or wrong.

If you want to accelerate your career or build a business that continues to grow and flourish, I highly recommend recruiting your very own ‘Board Of Directors’ – a unique group of people who you trust and can grow and learn from, providing a robust sounding board whenever you need one.  The distinct difference here versus your family and friends, is that you’re not looking to find people who you necessarily gel with socially – you’re not building a new friendship circle, you’re building a group of trusted advisers who will challenge your thinking even when you don’t want it.

Think about who you can learn from, who inspires you, and who keeps you on your toes.  Those are the types of people you want on your Board.  Enablers, who simply agree with your opinion and support you regardless are not ideal candidates – you need to know that your ideas will be challenged if there’s a smarter way, and your thinking will have to step up a notch when you’re with your Board.

The benefits of scheduling regular catchup’s with your Board Members individually are huge as you surround yourself with your ideal ‘A Team’ that motivates you to lift your game to a whole new level.

So who are you going to recruit to be on your Board? Select carefully, commit fully, and show gratitude always.  This investment of time and energy on both sides can really help you take your career up a notch and provide you with the guidance and support you need.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma.

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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