PERSONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I’ll never forget, it was mid-2019. I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Show podcast, episode #361, titled: Jim Collins – A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath.
For context, it’s important to note that Jim is a sort of “childhood hero” of mine. Not a childhood hero like Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Troy Aikman, or a parent may be for many of us. But someone I’ve followed obsessively due to his speaking ability and deep passion for learning and teaching since first viewing his Drucker Day keynote almost 10 years ago. To say the least I was hanging on every word of the 2+ hour conversation between these two brilliant polymaths.
At one point (around 1:26:00) Jim referenced a “personal board of directors”, an idea he came up with in the late 1980’s and still to this day references as one of the most impactful decisions he’s made.
I stored the concept in the back of my mind and didn’t bring it to the front until months later when I read a LinkedIn post from Minneapolis-based keynote speaker, Ryan Estis. In the post and accompanying article, Ryan acknowledges his personal board of directors and their essentialness to his personal and professional success. I didn’t know Ryan personally at the time but I certainty knew of him as one of the top keynote speakers + sales and marketing minds in the country.
I immediately went to work, following Jim's advice and built my personal board of directors (PBOD). It’s what you see below – a group of carefully vetted advisers whose guidance I trust and respect. They provide invaluable expertise in their particular field and help me make informed, strategic decisions. They’re selected based on their character more than their accomplishments and continue to shape me each day. As you can see, I enhanced Jim's PBOD concept by specifying a "Chair" for each board member to sit so we stay on track during our sessions. Next to placing my faith as a priority and marrying my beautiful wife, Malia, this is, as Jim Collins referenced, one of the most valuable decisions I’ve ever made.
Faith Chair: Drew Shepp | Campus Pastor, Substance Church
Faith Vice Chair: Terry Lijewski | Vice President, Scott Equipment Company
Marriage: Nate & Mollie Fears | Owners / Entrepreneurs, Uptown Hub
Grace & Vulnerability: Malia Kunz | Wife | Marketing Strategist | Relationship Expert, Boston Scientific + aftryou
Finance & Investing: Dan Krueger | Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Invictus Capital
Business Leadership: Jacob Richmann | President, WOODCHUCK USA
Beast Mode Leadership: Benjamin Vandenwymelenberg | Author | Conservationist | Speaker | Founder + CEO, WOODCHUCK USA + WOODCHUCK MEDICAL
Community Chair: Brogan Graham | Co-Founder, November Project
Community Vice Chair: Goldie Graham | Creator, Goldie Yoga
Diversity & Inclusion: Ericka Jones | Global Inclusion & Diversity Business Leader, Cargill
Speaking: Ryan Estis | CEO, Ryan Estis & Associates
Human Performance: Tyler Lorenzen | CEO, PURIS
Holistic Health/Wellness: Kristin Rowell | CEO, Energetically Efficient