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Il ne faut pas attendre d’être à la retraite pour convoiter des postes sur des conseils d’administration !

12 juin 2016

Cet article de Avery Blank * publié dans le magazine Forbes le 8 juin 2016, est très court et tout à fait pertinent. Il ne faut pas attendre d’être à la retraite pour s’intéresser à des postes sur des conseils d’administration.

Comme le dit l’auteure, un mandat d’administrateur constitue une stratégie pour faire avancer sa carrière, plutôt qu’un plan de retraite…

On évoque trois étapes pour se démarquer dans sa carrière :

(1) le fait de siéger à un CA démontre que vous possédez du leadership et que vous faites preuve d’un bon jugement ;

(2) Vous contribuez à asseoir votre crédibilité et vous assurez votre visibilité au niveau de votre organisation ;

(3) Vous développez un réseau de contacts qui peut être mis à profit dans votre carrière.

Voici les points qui sont présentés avec un peu plus de détails dans l’article.

Bonne lecture !

 

Being A Board Member Is A Three-Step Strategy For Advancement, Not A Retirement Plan

 

Being a board member is an advancement strategy (Credit: Shutterstock).

 

In response to my How To Get On A Board By 30 article, one reader shared with me that “It’s about time that AARP membership is not required for board service.” She is right. Board membership is not a retirement plan, it is an advancement strategy.  Leveraging the years you have in front of you will help you to achieve your goals and then some. Being a board member is not the endgame, it is just the beginning.

Here are the three ways being a board member helps you to advance.

1. Positions you as a leader and assumes good judgment

When you are a member of a board, you are seen as a leader. You have been elected or appointed to oversee an organization. Someone else or a group of people has selected you to look after the best interest(s) of an organization. This is more than “hey, they like me.” They trust you. They are looking to you to make considered decisions and come to sensible conclusions. When others see you as a leader and having good judgment, they will respect and trust you too.

Having good judgment need not mean falling in line either. Take Facebook board member and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel admitted that he, independently, has funded lawsuits against news outlet Gawker Media, which goes against Facebook’s values in its users being able to express themselves and freely publish on the platform. Did Thiel exercise good judgment? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that Thiels’ actions have placed Facebook executives in a difficult position but that he will remain on the board. She suggested that independently-minded board members also make great board members. The question of whether Thiel exercised good judgment ultimately lies with Facebook shareholders who will have their annual stockholder meeting on June 20.

2. Adds credibility and visibility for you and your organization

Being a board member of an organization tells others that you are someone worthwhile knowing. People will reach out to you, wanting to get to know more about you, your career, and your role as a board member.

It also provides you with another outlet to become known. No longer are you just associated with the entity for whom you work, but you now are connected with another organization. Your name will become known in other circles. So, too, will your board membership help the company with which you currently work. Along with your name will be your affiliation. What is good for you is good for your company, as well. (If you work for an organization, review your organization’s Code of Conduct as many organizations will require approval by the conflicts committee before accepting a board appointment.)

This is critical for those, particularly women, who find it difficult to self-promote or advocate for themselves. Being a board member is a way for your accomplishment to do the talking for you.

 3. Develops connections that can be leveraged

You get more exposure to people and opportunities when you are a board member. Once you are a member of a board, it is not uncommon to start receiving invitations to sit on other boards. As a board member, you are a member of a club of individuals that have already been vetted (to a certain degree). It becomes easier and quicker to assume roles on other boards when you have one under your belt.

I hear many executives say that when they retire, they will sit on a board or two. Imagine the possibilities if they had assumed board memberships years or decades before retirement. Do not wait until you are at the end of your career to become a board member. Leverage your skills and expertise to find the right board opportunity now. The opportunities can be exponential.

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*Avery Blank is a millennial lawyer, strategist, and women’s advocate who holds seats on boards and councils.

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