Do NOT Join a Board to Network!, with Doug MacGray
Doug MacGray has timeless — and counterintuitive — advice to selecting the right board seat. After serving on 7 nonprofit boards, he’s learned the art of finding the opportunity that allows you to flourish.
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 will happen automatically. If you do a great job your peers will naturally share with others how invaluable you are as a director.
On today’s episode, you’ll hear the wisdom of Doug MacGray. Doug has served on seven different nonprofit boards. He started down this path to network for business purposes. But he did it smartly — Doug contributed his time and talent to causes he truly believed in. That allowed him to flourish in the role. Which led to a stellar reputation.
Along the way, Doug has gained tremendous insight into what it takes to be successful as a board member. He shares all of those nuggets of wisdom with us.
So, are you ready to turn your expectations upside down about why you join a board? Press play to hear Doug’s nuggets of wisdom!
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Episode #008: The World’s Most Successful Board Headhunter Tells All, with Charles King
- Episode #006: How to Get Boards to Seek You, with Jessie Saintcyr
- Episode #002: The Key to Board Success is Service, with Steve Bartlett
- How to contact Doug: firstname.lastname@example.org; linkedin.com/in/dmacgray