This is the first in a series of blogs posts about my personal journey to putting a Board of Advisors together. To view all blog posts on our Board of Advisors please click here. 

I was ready to up my game.  Mackey Advisors has fabulous, unique cutting edge processes and services.  Now was the time to get them into the marketplace faster and at a greater pace than we were currently on. 

There were two quotes from Albert Einstein that kept running through my mind:

  • “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  • “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”

To make this move, I had to do something different, and I needed skills and talents I did not possess. 

My search took me to CEO groups of all kinds, Chamber, EO, Vistage, and others.  I loved the idea of the camaraderie, support and knowledge sharing, but my intuitive sense was that this wasn’t going to be a strong enough change agent to get me where I want to go.

I knew two people who had Boards of Advisors, but I had no idea where to begin or even if I really wanted a Board.  After a bit of research, I found the perfect next step, a course at Aileron.org on “Creating an Outside Board”, Perfect!  I signed up for the next class and in one day, they covered the pros, cons, how to’s and benefits of a Board, as well as, how to prepare for your first Board meeting.

My intuition was clear, this is for me.  I want a Board!  Of course as soon as I made that decision, my stomach churned with a bit of fear.  I was about to disclose the good, bad and the ugly of my companies, and as the leader, that is a very personal experience.

I thanked the fear for showing up and plunged into step two, choosing the Board members.