My Comfort Zone is way over there
I was asked to write a short blog about my recent appointment as Non-exec Director. I’m delighted to do that, but equally, I think it’s going to be a bit wider than that. So here goes…
When I was in my previous job, I really enjoyed it. I got to work with great companies, I had great colleagues, who are now friends. I had a ton of holidays, it was lovely. It was very much within my comfort zone. I could easily have stayed there forever. Nice and comfortable. I always knew it wasn’t quite me though. I felt that I didn’t quite sit right.
I left that company and have since started my own business. I most recently have also been appointed non-exec director (NED) for a great company called Dron & Dickson (had to get their name in somewhere).
I am regularly way out of my comfort zone.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy my work – I absolutely do.
It’s not that I don’t feel confident in what I’m doing- I absolutely do. And yes, I regularly feel like an imposter, but that is reducing.
When I was asked about becoming a NED it was such a compliment, but equally I knew it was well within my capabilities. Yes, I am having to learn lots too.That’s ok.
NED positions don’t generally fall on your lap. You need to ‘socialise’ the idea that it’s something you’d be interested in. Possibly join a group (like Women on Boards) they will help you prepare a Board specific CV, they advertise positions etc.
I had spoken to one of the other NEDs asking about how they got into non-exec work. They gave me lots of advice, but also, they were now aware I was interested. You never know where conversations lead.
Not all Board positions are the same. Some Boards are voluntary, with expenses paid. They give you the experience. Some are well paid. Some need you only once a quarter, others every month and more. Think about what would work for you and what you currently do. Nothing is forever though, so don’t overthink it.
Step out of your comfort zone.
Well in all honesty, I’d love to have done all of this 10+ years ago, but I wasn’t nearly as confident in myself. I could have done it I’m sure, but the opportunities just weren’t there. Equally, there is only so much you can take on in your life. You need balance. You need to be happy. Work is great, but so is your family and personal life.
Step out of your comfort zone. Try it. You’ll be better than you think. You’ll be great.
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