A genius is only as great as his brain trust: the circle of mentors and consultants who nurture and enhance his ideas. That all great innovators have great collaborators is no new insight. In 1937, when Napoleon Hill interviewed the richest, most successful men in the world for his wildly popular book, Think and Grow Rich, the one thing they all had in common was their dependence on alliances. These pioneering leaders all relied on a board of advisors.
Nearly eighty years later, we can still learn a lot from this model of advisory innovation. Assemble a group of bright, energetic thinkers you can trust. Use them to brainstorm and bounce off ideas. Make these co-creators your confidants–advisors who you can go to before you go to the other people in your organization. (more…)