Sitting On A Board – Is It For Me?

BoardroomHave you thought about joining a board? If not you should. Now is great time to get that experience and to put it on your resume. There are great opportunities especially in this economy.

There are many types of boards, while a corporate board position is the ultimate they usually are out of reach for the average CIO. However, joining other types of boards can be a precursor to eventually getting elected to a corporate board. It is all about experience.

Here is a list of boards from where you can start:

  1. Charities
  2. Local church organizations
  3. Hospitals
  4. Local government
  5. Political groups
  6. Schools
  7. Co-ops

I belong to the local Industrial Development Agency for the City of Peekskill. The Peekskill Industrial Development Agency (PIDA) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to encourage, promote, attract and develop job and recreational opportunities and economically sound commerce and industry in the City of Peekskill.

This is a great experience. Not only am I getting board level experience, the issues we address are also improving the community I live in. Local government has always fascinated me and this was a great opportunity to get involved.

What are the benefits of joining a board?

  1. You can be active in topics that you believe in.
  2. You are networking.
  3. Your expertise and experience can improve the function of the board.
  4. You are improving  your leadership skills.

What are the negatives?

  1. Time allocation. Some boards require more time than others.
  2. Politics. Unfortunately there is no escape.

I would recommend any IT executive to join a board. The line item on your resume looks great and the experience is increadibly.


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