Let’s face it: We live in a world full of choices and unlimited amounts of information available to us when making decisions. Whether it be a job change, a relationship conundrum, or a decision related to health, sometimes talking these decisions through is the best way to sift through the data and consider all the possible outcomes. When I need that kind of help, I'm glad to have a personal board of directors (PBOD).
The best personal board of directors will tell it like it is
You don't want advisors who will say things to make you feel good about yourself or your choices. That's why, ideally, your PBOD shouldn't consist of immediate family, as they might be too personally invested in an outcome to provide guidance that is purely in your best interest.
Building a PBOD is easier than you think
Keep in mind that PBODs are typically not going to be accountability partners. That said, you get to decide the roles you want for your PBOD. So if you want someone (or several someones) to hold you accountable, negotiate that up front. And if you don’t want that, negotiate that up front.
And remember: this is an unpaid gig! So, look for ways to reciprocate. What can you do for them? Introduce them to someone? Help them out with a project that you are skilled in? Watch their house when they’re on vacation?
Although most people don’t convene their PBOD, you can! If you do, prepare for the meeting and be thoughtful of everyone’s time. Make sure everyone is on board with your plan to meet. Of course, make it convenient for them.
Whom do you invite to your PBOD?
Think about it this way: Companies, large and small, often have a board of directors to help them see other perspectives — to guide them, and in many cases, to hold them accountable. Do you have all the answers, or do you think you would benefit from the guidance of a group of wise men and women?
I say go build your PBOD. And let me know if it benefited you in your next big decision!
My greatest joy is helping people make bold transitions in their professional and personal lives!