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.