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Ten advantages to having an independent sounding board

By Patrick J. McKenna and L. Neil Gower, Q.C. October 4, 2018 4 October 2018

Ten advantages to having an independent sounding board

 

As a leader of a professional services firm, do you have a trusted advisor with whom you can discuss important issues – your own confidential, independent sounding board?

With today’s pace of change, the pressure has never been higher, nor the temptation greater, to act just for the sake of acting – to move things off your pending pile and appear decisive. This kind of “shoot from the hip” style may make us (perhaps initially) feel confident that we are getting somewhere. However, professional firm leaders are usually dealing with complex, multi-faceted issues, filled with land mines and unintended consequences. More "stuff" requires increasing sensitivity, and strategic consideration. Things we didn't even think were issues are now issues. This is where leaders often gain significant value from working with an external sounding board – someone they respect, in whom they can confide and with whom they can collaborate to help or challenge their thinking processes.

From our experience, scheduling time with someone outside of your firm with whom you can talk freely about your agenda and the issues facing you, in complete confidence, has at least these ten benefits:

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