“Who Is In Your Personal Boardroom?” is filled with wonderful content, as long as you have the patience to overlook the bad editing throughout. It would be a great tool to use while in the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program to give you some assistance/mentorship along your leadership journey.
The authors give you the option of reading the first chapter for a high-level overview, or the entire book for a more in-depth look at the concepts and reasoning. It would depend on the amount of time you have to dedicate to this concept of a “boardroom”, but overall, it is easy to understand and a quick and worthwhile read. Below is the quick overview of the book.
The authors point out 5 easy steps to creating your personal boardroom:
1. Define what your boardroom is for?
a. Do you want to become the best leader you can be?
b. Do you want to pursue a specific challenge/problem/or transition?
c. Define what your purpose is as a leader?
2. Choose 6-12 people for your boardroom
a. Ask yourself 3 questions
i. Who should be in my boardroom? Obvious to include
ii. Who could be in my boardroom? Identify as valuable
iii. Who might be in my boardroom? Unusual possibilities
3. Assign roles to the members of your boardroom
a. Customer Voice: helps you understand markets, customers, and business opportunities
b. Expert: gives advice based on their sector, or challenge-specific expertise
c. Inspirer: Inspires new ideas and brings fresh thinking
d. Navigator: tells you what you need to know, who does what and how things work
e. Unlocker: provides access to resources
f. Sponsor: One that speaks out to endorse you and your ideas to important people
g. Influencer: Works behind the scenes to win support, helps you get things done
h. Connector: Makes introductions and connects you with people who can help you
i. Improver: Gives candid, constructive feedback on your performance/development
j. Challenger: questions your decisions/thinking and assists you to see your mistakes/blind spots
k. Nerve Giver: Strengthens your resolve when things get difficult, gives you a sense of purpose
l. Anchor: Keeps you grounded, reminds you to have balance in your life between work and your personal life
4. Have conversations
a. This book does a great job of giving examples of how to start conversations with each person/role within your boardroom.
b. It should not be tough to sell people on being in your boardroom. They should believe in what it is that you are doing or trying to accomplish, ultimately, they believe in you.
5. Give back
a. Offer to help others, be an initiator of generosity.