Who is on your Career Success Board?

I first wrote about Career Success Boards last year.  When you read that posting, did you think it was a good idea? More important, did you take action?  I’m running it again because if not now, when?

Whether you are establishing, advancing, or rethinking your career direction and goals, you need a “Success Board.”  Here’s how to start yours: 

  1. Identify 2-3 friends (people with same professional and personal philosophy of life, who are energetic, positive, and fun to be around). Pick people from various industries who share the same long-term dreams and goals for work-life success.
  2. Make a commitment to meet every quarter (at least 2 to 3 times a year) in a formal setting for 2 hours; have an planned agenda with 1-2 action steps developed by end of meeting..  (For those of you who are thinking, “I don’t have time to do this,” look at it this way: It’s a time commitment of only 4-6 hours a year or 40-60 hours–one work week– over a decade!) 
  3. Schedule (before quarterly meeting ends) an update call or coffee with each member of the group to “keep you honest” by reviewing your action steps.

The Board’s mandate is simple:  to develop a long-term, mutually accountable, support network from whom to draw ideas, perspective, and advice; to encourage; to challenge and to keep each other on course when work and life calls for making tough decisions and acting on them. 

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