To build and sustain a strong group of advisors and advocates, you’ll be required to follow 4 simple steps.
Know what you need your advisors, ambassadors, or advocates to accomplish.
Determine whether or not (or how often) you want your advisors to meet.
Create job descriptions and lists of expectations for advisors.
Create a list of candidates for each type of task, recruit them, and let them get to work!
The highest potential for a group of advisors, ambassadors, and advocates is to provide engaged support for your work in the community.
Therefore, the logical first step in building your team is to know what kinds of support you need. Here are just some of the tasks your organization may need community support to accomplish. Steve can help in any of these roles:
- Engagement and communication with ambassadors for the mission
- Advocacy for public policy
- Speaking gigs (both getting engagements and doing the actual speaking)
- Raising money
- Advising on programs and helping with organizational planning
- Having high-profile names associated with the organization for credibility
- Providing pro bono work to assist with other staff-driven needs
The assumption that an advisory group needs to have regular meetings is just that – an assumption. If what you need is individuals who will get work done – sometimes that requires convening together, and sometimes it does not. You need concentrated results and action-oriented advisors who can keep meetings to a minimum.
Set Your Expectations
We help determine that right up front. Roles, board needs, job descriptions, tasks, timelines for completion, accountability to track and measure results
The bottom line is that these are very key and specific skills someone who requires a board would need as they grow their company and scale to meet their desired goals and objectives.
We have years of combined experience to help advise, guide and counsel you in any of these areas and more as stated above. Reach out and give us a call we can discuss all of your needs in detail.
Alchemy is a process of using all the right amounts of perfected chemicals and ingredients to create the desired elements and outcome. Let us help you create the right formula for you, your team and your company.
“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”
– Erica Jong