Who can you call when you need a lifeline? Who do you connect with to share ideas and discuss opportunities? Who has a network that offers relevant resources and ideas for your area of focus?
I had the chance to met with a good friend and fellow consultant yesterday and it was great reminder of the importance of having a confederacy of professionals. A brain trust or personal board of directors to help expand your thinking. As a consultant in the occasionally remote-feeling state of Idaho the ability to network is sometimes less likely than my colleagues in New York or San Francisco. That said, building a collaborative brain-trust is essential. Who can a CEO turn to when considering how to channel the enthusaism of an Board Chair? And likewise, where can a Board Chair turn to strategize about keeping trustees focused and practicing great governance? As a consultant, where can I share innovative strategies and learn from the experiences of the few who are engaged in fulfilling a similar purpose?
What keeps you awake at night and who do you call?