Companies use them as sounding boards for big decisions so isn’t it time that you developed your own Board of Directors. Running your decisions by a group of people you admire, respect and think would look at things from various and different angles could yield amazing insight into which is the right decision to make.
In order to get the best Board of Directors to help you, take a different route than companies do when they hire their Board and instead look to anyone that you’ve run across in your life or read about or heard about and use them as an internal Board. In this instance it doesn’t even matter if they’re dead or alive or even if you’ve ever talked to them directly before – you can learn from and weigh decisions with an endless supply of great leaders just by asking yourself how s/he would approach the question.
Start listing out people you think could provide some type of insight next time you have to make a decision. Make sure the list is wide as well and not just a few people from the same place, time or focus area. Include people from your personal and professional life as well as anyone from the history books or current new stories. You can make your Board of Directors filled with anyone you want.
Want some examples? Well, let’s say it’s about starting a new job or new business. Now you could ask yourself what would the following people ask me, say to me, or how did what s/he do resemble what I am looking at doing here: Abraham Lincoln, P.Diddy, Tony Robbins, Jack Welch, Tim Ferris, Bruce Lee, Ghandi, Donald Trump, Ben Franklin, your super ‘successful’ Uncle who owns a smoothie stand on the beach, your social worker sister, that guy’s blog you read everyday because you think it’s great, your high school teacher that helped change your life forever, or any of your friends that might have something you know they would say that would give you something to think about.
The act of thinking how your Board would look at the decision your facing and envisioning what each of the folks you name to your team might say could yield you absolutely what you need in order to make the decision and set up that decision for even more success.