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Personal Board of Directors

Do You Have a Go-To Group of Personal Advisors?

A personal board of directors is like your own little entourage, and the members of your board should have special expertise (not necessarily a professional) in an area where you're lacking. Anyone who has given you useful advice in the past could be considered for your personal board. A career coach that contributes to the New York Times has this to say:

A personal board of directors is simply a collection of people who know you, are interested in your well-being, and have useful points of view. You consult with them on a regular basis -– say once every six months. It’s unlikely that you will assemble your board members in person, but you do assemble their perspectives.

I read up on the term a bit, and every source I found agreed that your board comes in handy most when you're at a crossroads in your career, or have important decisions to make in which an expert's guidance would help you make the best choice while considering your personal circumstances. They're not there to handhold, they're just there to help you see a bigger picture — their expertise allows you to consider all options in a given situation.


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cubadog cubadog 9 years
When I was younger I would look to friends more than people with some life experience now I have a few people that are established in their careers to get some feedback on me.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Yes - my mom, my dad, my boyfriend, and best friend. It's a small group, but I always think of them as my go-to people. My mom I usually go to for all personal quandaries and financial questions, since she is like, an expert in budgeting, investing, etc. I always go to my dad for job related questions because he always has a fair way of assessing situations and gives great advice.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Yup. I think I'll refer to them as my personal board of directors now. :) They include people like my parents, friends in various fields, etc.
Rini Rini 9 years
Yes! Like tee0206, I have a strong network of some sorority sisters that I seek advice from (4), some non-affiliated college friends (5), some friends from high school (2), and my parents. I don't necessarily go to all of them all the time, but they are the ones I can trust to give me honest and outside opinions which I trust. Once my ex surprised me - I was talking about how I was applying for consulting positions and he responded with "Why? That's just not you." and when I asked him what he thought I should be doing (a little hestitantly, he was my ex), he responded, "something more creative and design-based." Three months later, we met up and he asked how my job search was going and I told him I was looking at Public Relations. A big smile broke out on his face and he was like, "Yeah, that's definitely more you!"
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Yup! My mom who is a chemist, my dad who is retired air force, my Aunt and Uncle who are doctors, my boss who is a pain doctor, my grandparents for all of their wisdom that they have acquired through the years, my Uncle who is an entrepeneur and last but not least my BF who is in the marines currently in Iraq right now. I'm sooo blessed to have all them in my life. :WOOHOO:
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Oh, yeah. I have a lot of sorority sisters of various ages who are in law, medicine, business, psychology, etc.!
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