We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us. – Joseph Campbell.
Matt Langdon, the founder of the Hero Construction Company, is doing profoundly important work -- teaching us, and especially our children, how to be heroes. So important, in my opinion, that I urged my children's school to invite him to give a workshop a few years ago, one that my 14 year-old son still remembers.
As a consequence, when Matt asks me write something for him, I gladly do it. He asked me to write about my childhood heroes a few years ago. I did. More recently, he asked me submit a list of who I'd want at my roundtable, as in knights of the roundtable.
Here's a link to my list, and a few observations:
1) As I assembled my roundtable/advisory board, I tried to choose people that I obviously could learn from, but also that based on my experience of them are interested in engaging, and perhaps most importantly, my sense is that I can trust them.
2) On the list you'll see who I'd have at the roundtable now, but a year from now there would likely be a rotation -- some stay, some go, depending on what I'm trying to figure out.
3) As I am reflecting on my list, I wonder if I am missing a category of "heroes of support;" Perhaps that's because there is overlap with the truth-tellers, which I do have: the people who tend to tell me what they really think are often my biggest supporters.
May you enjoy this list of "my telling you who I admire, and then you'll know who I want to be" to paraphrase Thomas Carlyle.
Who would be at your roundtable?
There are many criteria one can choose to construct a roundtable? What criteria would you use?
P.S. If you liked this post, you may enjoy Elmira Bayrasli's interview with Lucy Marcus titled How to Build a Non-Profit Board.