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Stories and strategies from brilliant business minds to help new and aspiring directors bring their best self to the boardroom

Stories and strategies from brilliant business minds to help new and aspiring directors bring their best self to the boardroom
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Stories and strategies from brilliant business minds to help new and aspiring directors bring their best self to the boardroom




#017: How to Build Your Board Brand, with Matt Craven

We've all heard about the importance of an elevator pitch. But how much does it really matter? In today's episode, we're joined again by Matt Craven, a speaker on personal branding, thought-leadership, LinkedIn and career development. Matt explains that anyone aspiring to be a board member must focus on building their personal brand. That goes beyond just the elevator pitch. Your personal brand is how the world sees you. Fortunately, you have the ability to grow, shape, and enhance the...


#016: Why You Need a Life Plan for Your Board Work, with Tommy Breedlove

Is there a wrong reason to do Board work? Tommy Breedlove thinks so. On today's podcast episode, Tommy explains how he originally joined boards for the wrong reasons, especially the compensation, the notoriety, the networking. And that was indicative of his whole life approach. And what he was (seemingly) doing fabulously well in his career, his life was really falling apart. After hitting rock bottom (err, re-positioning his focus), Tommy decided to focus on service and giving back. Now...


#015: Why Private Companies Are the Smart Path to the Boardroom, with Peter Herschend

Most people seeking a paid board role focus on public companies. But they're missing a much bigger market: private for-profit companies. There are less than 4,000 public companies on U.S. stock exchanges. But there's a multiple of that in the private space. Many of the large private companies operate with the same rigor as their public peers. And the board compensation can be just as lucrative. But you can be spared many of the headaches and litigation risks associated with public...


#014: 3 Reasons Qualified Executives Aren't Getting Board Roles, with Sara Faivre

Would you answer the call? We're talking about the call that leads to a board seat. You have to be willing to put yourself out there to land a board role. Sometimes the stakes are high. Like for today's guest -- when the White House called her. Sara Favire was called by the Obama White House to serve on the board of Farmer Mac (NYSE: AGM). This was her first role and it was a huge opportunity! Now most of us aren't going to be called to board service in this way. But this happened to Sara...


#013: Why You Need a Special Resume for Boards, with Matt Craven

Writing a board of directors resume is much the same as writing any other executive resume, right? NOT QUITE. Some individuals expect resumes to all follow a specific, prescribed format. And that might be true for entry-level and middle management jobs. But it's definitely not the resume version you'll use to apply for a Board role. Instead, you'll want to use a far more customized approach for writing a resume for a Board of Directors position. Fortunately, on today's show, our guest,...


#012: How to Become a Paid Corporate Director, with DeForest Soaries

Wouldn't it be easy if someone could give you the secrets from inside the boardroom? Do you ever wish there was a roadmap to becoming a paid corporate director? Fortunately, there is! And today we're giving away those secrets. Meet DeForest Soaries. He has an unbelievable, almost accidental path to the boardroom. But because he didn't have anyone to mentor him along the way, he's determined to make it easier for others. He has designed a course to help others learn how to navigate their...


#011: How Board Matchmaking Works, with Heather White

What if I told you there's a brand new method for getting onto a board? One that will short-circuit the traditional approach. On today's show, we're going to learn how a boardroom matchmaker has revolutionized everything we talk about on this podcast. Heather White's consulting company brokers personal development opportunities for senior executives. Heather finds opportunities for executives to get the commercial boardroom experience necessary to land a coveted director position at a...


#010: Corporate Governance 101, with Paul DeNicola

The boardroom is changing rapidly! How can you keep up? Expectations for corporate directors are rising. Companies are more global and connected—and board oversight is increasingly more complex. Social issues are starting to become part of strategy discussions. Meanwhile, institutional investors continue to push for board diversity. And directors recognize that every board member needs to bring something valuable to the table. Phew. Sounds stressful! And yet these board roles are highly...


#009: Do NOT Join a Board to Network!, with Doug MacGray

Everyone knows you join a board to network, right? WRONG! If you follow this conventional wisdom you won't actually bring your best self to the boardroom. This traditional approach dictates seeking the most high-profile opportunity available. Which probably won't lead to an organization or mission you're passionate about. Instead, focus on finding a board seat where the organization's mission aligns with your values. That way you'll bring your best to every board interaction. Networking...


#008: The World's Most Successful Board Headhunter Tells All, with Charles King

You've heard it before right? Networking is ESSENTIAL. It's absolutely true that the most likely route to getting a board seat is to use your network. (About half the director positions are filled this way.) I've witnessed this first hand. But a close second is to use an executive search firm. But how does that process work? How can you become friends with the uber-influential headhunter who has a Chairman's ear? Today, I'm introducing you to my friend Charles King. Charles isn't like...


#007: Fast-Track to Your First Board Role, with Beth Francis

I'm going to introduce you to a short-cut to landing your first board role. A way where someone else will match you with an organization needing your specific skillset. Are you ready?! When I joined my first board waaay back in the day, I had to do all the leg work myself -- finding a list of reputable nonprofits, deciding which were a fit with my skillset, and then networking tlll I found an opening. But that approach is so 20th century. Fortunately, there are now organizations dedicated...


#006: How to Get Boards to Seek You, with Jessie Saintcyr

The dream scenario is a board seat landing in your lap. Not having to hunt for it. To network for it. To hustle to find it. The good news: That's actually possible! On the show today we're going to hear how to make it happen. My friend, Jessie Saintcyr, has had not one, but three different board roles find her. She's never gone looking for a director position. What's her secret??? Jessie built a staller reputation as a subject matter expert in HR solutions and workforce strategies. The...


#005: The 8 Required Skills to be a Paid Board Director, with Gordon Hall

It helps to learn from someone who's been there, done that. For today's show, we learn from Gordon Hall. He's served on 6 public boards over 17 years. During his distinguished board career (he's currently the Chair of one board and lead independent director of another), Gordon's learned there are 8 timeless skills required to be a director at a public company. Though you could say there are actually 9 skills -- because it's a requirement that any director has a basis of demonstrated and...


#004: 3 Steps to Securing a Board Role, with Corey McLellan

It's easy to become overwhelmed by everything you need to do to launch and grow a board career. I know. I've been there. I've faced this challenge. But if I didn't overcome the overwhelm I wouldn't be where I am today. I want to give you a framework to think about next steps. So you can start to move forward on your journey. For today's episode, I'm introducing you to my dear friend Corey McLellan. Corey is a career transition expert who helps people with discovery, development and...


#003: How to Leverage a Nonprofit Board Role to Obtain a Paid Board Seat, with Jack Good

One of the goals of this show is to lay out a simple path you can follow to advance your board career. Are you ready? If you've started sharing with your network that you want to be a director of a for-profit company, then you've very likely received the feedback that you should start by being on a nonprofit board. So many people think that's the best way to start a board career. But is it? In today's episode, I'll demonstrate that this can be a very successful approach! My friend Jack...


#002: The Key to Board Success is Service, with Steve Bartlett

In this episode, I interview Steve Bartlett for lessons learned from his 25 years of serving as an independent director on 5 different public boards. Steve reveals that the key to success on a board is a mindset of service. Below are a few highlights from the episode. Enjoy! 3:30 - A board role is not a job, it's a calling. You're there to create value. 6:38 - Finding a board seat isn't a job application. You're not applying to be part of management. 10:35 - You can't press it, push it,...


#001: 3 Laws of Personal Branding, with Rick Sweeney

Welcome to the very first episode of my new podcast Boardroom Bound. For the next few episodes, I'll spend a lot of time covering positioning and what that means for you in building your personal brand. Because your brand is essential to obtaining Board roles! In this episode, we hear from Rick Sweeney. Rick has 25 years experience as an award-winning brand strategist, including leading marketing and communications for Cornell's MBA program. Rick will explain the three laws of personal...


#000: An Introduction to Boardroom Bound

Welcome to the intro episode of Boardroom Bound! This show is designed to help you build a board career of influence and impact. Find out what makes Board members great and how to apply those lessons to your career. Listen in as we share inspiring stories and strategies from the most brilliant business minds. On this intro episode, you'll learn a little bit about our host, Alexander Lowry, as well as what you can expect on future episodes of the show. If you're an aspiring board member or...