February 26, 2021
Are you looking to build your career, but not sure about how to do so? Perhaps it’s time to consider building a personal advisory board.
When you work independently, you are effectively your own business – a truly personal brand. And just like a traditional business, many individuals benefit from creating a sounding board of 6-8 peers and senior advisors to provide them with feedback, ideas and advice as they navigate through their career. This time though, it’s completely informal. You can meet up or touch base with your personal advisory board on your own terms: the goal is to help you grow and flourish in your professional life.
According to recent research from MIT Sloan Management Review, there are three main benefits to choosing long-term mentors:
Essentially, there are three types of people that you should invite to be part of your board of advisors:
It’s completely up to you – the important thing is that it’s uncomplicated for all involved. Some people prefer to meet up as a group twice per year and offer their board dinner. Others meet each person individually, depending on their schedule. Others prefer casual check ins and phone calls when needed.
Whichever option you choose, put it on the calendar with a regular cadence (weekly, quarterly, annually). Treat it like a business board that you block out time for: it’s guiding your future, so you need to make space for it.
So there you have it, everything you need to get started on your board of advisors! Here at Dweet, we realise that you might not have easy access to the network of senior people you’d like on your board. That’s why we also offer on-demand advisory, where you can gain insights and feedback from some of our senior community members. If you’d like to learn more about this, please click here to chat to us about how you can get started.
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