CHAPTER 2

Your Board Vitae (and Why You Have More Than You Think)

If the board search process is a hot mess, consensus on the tools and materials you need to succeed at it isn’t much better. A seasoned Fortune 500 director told me that you don’t need a specific “board résumé” when seeking that critical first board. Yet another insider who’s seen the board search process firsthand says the exact opposite—that you do need a résumé highlighting your targeted board background.

Different pros, different views, though I suspect that much of this split comes through varying definitions of what a “board” résumé is. However, both of these boardroom mavens stress that solid operational knowledge and achievement has become more crucial in gaining a board ...

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