Reinvention Advisory Board

Those of you who did not register for Mega Reinvention 2016 still could have gotten a taste of the kind of great information we all got throughout the month by participating in our public tweetchat last Wednesday (our tweetchats are always the last Wednesday of every month). This month’s topic was, “How to Build Your Own Reinvention Advisory Board,” and to guide our conversation, we posted starter questions on our [now old] blog. We attracted a great crew of participants, and particular shout-outs to Heather Wilde (@heathriel), Ryan Rhoten (@RyanRhoten), and Emmanuel Garcia (@caddguru) for their invaluable contributions.

So, in case you did miss it, here are some highlights:

Question #1: How do I describe what I’m looking for my Board to do?

  • “You should have clearly defined goals, and your board should be picked for their ability to help you toward that in some way.”
  • “Provide support and honest feedback on direction and ideas”

Question #2:  How do I find people to be on my Board?

  • “I suggest @meetup, Rotary Clubs, etc to find people who have different interests and perspectives from your own.”
  • “Don’t be afraid to ask almost anyone. Aim high in this regard. Really ‘successful’ people tend to be generous.”
  • “Suggest the board folks have lived, even if failed, their talk, otherwise it is just theory, i.e. an ungrounded opinion.”
  • “I look for people that have skills and perspectives that I do not have. If everyone thought like me it would be a disaster.”
  • “The skills depend on where you are headed. Experiences can come from different places.”

Question #3:  Should I include friends or family members on my Board?

  • “Yes. Except, don’t include people who may fear how you may change yourself, them or the world, related to you or not.”
  • “My personal advisory board are friends & family, however I see the world as ‘Friends,’ ‘Family,’ and ‘People I haven’t yet met’.”

Question #4:  How do I ask people to be on my Board?

  • “The way to ask is to not actually ask – instead, make them so interested they will ask YOU be on your board.”
  • “Be well prepared to answer the question, ‘Why are you asking ME in particular?’.”
  • “You just need the courage to ask.”

Question #5:  What will Board members expect from me in exchange for their participation?

  • “I choose people/projects where: 1. I’m willing to take a personal stake 2. I can make a difference and/or 3. Think its super cool.”
  • “Simply a serious, intense effort and commitment to your own reinvention. That is contagious and inspiring.”
  • “No all-encompassing answer other than: it depends. You definitely have to play full out or I’m out.”
  • “If I’ve joined a board, then I see no reason to hold back on my skills. If coaching is what will help, then OK.”

Question #6:  How frequently should I call upon my Board and in what manner (e.g. some kind of group meeting or just reaching out to one person as needed)?

  • ” Individually, monthly or quarterly basis. More frequent contact may come across as an imposition, IMO.”
  • “You need to design that with them, but quarterly meetings with everyone, and you can reach out in between if needed.”


Do you have your own personal but formal reinvention advisory board? What have you learned from creating it that you’d like to share? Tweet or email us your thoughts, and we’ll add them to this post!