The Board CV for CEOs
If you are a CEO positioning yourself for a board seat with the S&P, the Fortune 1000s, and large-cap companies, there are key perspectives you will need to consider for your board CV.
The key difference between a job CV and a board CV is the focus on external outcomes vs operational outcomes. The ultimate answer focuses your impact on the business, the industry, the marketplace, and potentially the economy.
Here are a handful of topics you need to answer for your Board CV:
At this level, you will consider your visibility in the industry and marketplace. What conferences have you keynoted? What panels have you served? What is your media exposure? Reaching beyond the operations of your organization to the broader business ecosystem will create a springboard to showcase your board-level achievements.
“You need to think ‘beyond glittering generalities.’ You need to articulate and own your participation in ground-breaking achievements. New product launches, taking your company to market-leading performance in spite of a downturn in the economy, averting a major crisis—these are the results boards are looking for today to direct performance and manage risk.”
And the most-difficult-to-articulate quality of all: Your fit for the role. Your energy. Your tenacity. Your courage. What is the brand that has been consistently visible during your career? Is it your penchant for safety performance? Productivity performance? Quality? Product development? Industry leadership?
Whatever your passion is—let it shine through in your board CV. It needs to be more than a list of accomplishments. The board CV needs to connect your achievements to your appetite for influence and service to the board mandate.
Suggested accomplishment statements for you to customize:
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein
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