Personal Board of Directors: A Day in the Life Sunday

The kid participated in a babysitting clinic yesterday. She rotated through stations, role played and ended the day with a panel of parents.

Energized by the day and wanting to babysit NOW, the questions begin and quickly turn from babysitting basics to my babysitting experiences:

"Did you babysit for others before I was born, Mom?"

"No not much. Until I had you, I wasn't particularly fond of children. Why?"

"I want to have my own panel of parents so I can ask them questions. I want people with experience."

A day later, I'm still not sure if I passed and get to be on her panel of parents but her questions got me thinking.

A friend whom I admire greatly, offered his support to help me do whatever it is I wanted to do in anyway he can: critique, connect . . . be on my personal board of directors.

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Parenting panel . . . personal board of directors - get the connection? ==> People committed to helping you be better tomorrow than you are today. I've read about them, thought they'd be a grand idea and even suggested to a mentee or two that they consider putting one together  - yet I've stopped short of having one myself.

Why? Oh, I am sure the reasons changed over the years from being lazy and not interested in accountability and returning favors to being a fiercely independent and content know-it-all but it really was not something I thought about often.

I am thinking about it now.

I am thinking about blind spots and about gaps in my experiences, skills and day-to-day activities. I am thinking about people with experiences, skills and day-to-day activities I can learn from. I am wondering how others see me and how that's different than I see myself. I am thinking about what I can give back.

I am wondering if I already have some of the pieces in place and not even realize it?

Tell me this, do you have a personal board of directors? How did you staff your board of directors? What's the biggest leap they asked you to make that you would not have made on your own?

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