Personal Board of Directors

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 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, with pros and cons.

The best personal board of directors will tell it like it is.

Your PBOD exists to act as a sounding board, to advise you and to provide you with feedback on your life decisions, opportunities and challenges. 

The best PBOD is one that is diverse and willing to provide their true opinion or advice. 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.

Convinced? Now who do you invite to join your PBOD?

To get the most out of your PBOD, you want a variety of different people who know you from different perspectives and who bring different skills and approaches to decision making. Some of the people you should have on your

PBOD consist of:

• Someone in your field (e.g., in your profession or industry)

• Someone who is in or has been in your circumstance (e.g., single parent, transitioning careers later in life)

• Someone who is one of your greatest cheerleaders

• Someone who has and is ready to critique you (your decisions/actions)

• Someone who is a leader in the area in which you aspire to grow or succeed (e.g., professional, spiritual, personal)

• Someone of another generation (one person from a generation older and one person from a generation younger)

• Someone who can introduce you to others (e.g., in your profession or community)

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!

By Michelle Chafin

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