How do you keep ahead in a constantly changing world? How do you manage yourself in a time of increasing complexity?  The answer lies in actively investing in yourself, and to take control of your career plan, with the assistance of a Personal Advisory Board.

60 years ago, people typically worked for the same company, and because of this, career planning was dictated by the company’s HR department. This is no longer true. For U.S. employees, the average employee works for a job for 4.6 years. Therefore, responsibility for career planning shifted from the corporation to the individual – a change that’s not gotten much attention but has had major implications for how people manage their careers.

Everybody is unique, which means what motivates me may not motivate you. What I feel is a great job to do may be unexciting for you. We cannot rely on others to guide us down our career path, and we can’t leave it to chance.

Instead, we need a platform that recognizes our uniqueness and the constantly changing circumstances we are faced with. We need a platform that offers us leverage from a wider support group. I call this a “Personal Advisory Board.”

Six Things To Consider When Developing Your Personal Advisory Board

  • Who – Have you established a long-term relationship with people who offer your guidance about your personal development? Do any of them offer a different perspective from your own? Who would you like to have a relationship with?
  • Roles – What role will your advisors’ play? A challenger, encourager, connector and more.
  • Diversity – Who is the Millennia keeping you in the loop?
  • Reciprocity – How can your advisors benefit from you?
  • Real – Make sure your relationship is real since unauthentic relationships don’t last.

Your advisor can be a coach, mentor, colleague, boss, family, friend, an author, business leader, etc. You can also follow and learn from individuals that you have never met. How?  Follow them on social media, reading books, podcasts, etc. Nevertheless, you need to create a board with advisors that you can directly converse with.

A career is similar to a business in that there are good times and bad ones. Be sure the people you have added to your Personal Advisory Board will challenge you and will get you to think differently before you act. Be sure the people you have on your personal advisory board will challenge you, will hold you accountable and support you through your ups and downs.

This blog is a summary of a speech held at HKSFA Career Conference, June 4, 2016