Three Benefits of Wise Counselors

May 17, 2013

It is Friday! Looking forward to the weekend after a good, but pretty intense week.

“. . . with those who take advice is wisdom.” Proverbs 13:10

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, . . .” Proverbs 13:20

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, . . .” Proverbs 22:17

This week, I was part of a two day meeting facilitated by our team for a committee of the board of directors of a nonprofit plus some of their senior management staff. The executive director of the nonprofit was seeking the counsel of the board committee as well as that of our team regarding key strategic issues. I highly respect and like the people involved and it was a rich, rich time.

Scripture talks about the wisdom of having many counselors and for the last two days I saw that biblical principle at work. There are three specific benefits that I saw this week:

1. A broadened perspective – with a diverse group of people from different disciplines and a wide range of experience the view of the executive director, and everyone for that matter, was broadened considerably. We were all able to begin seeing or framing the opportunities in different ways and to even see new opportunities.

2. A more robust process – a couple of processes were developed in this meeting and with the experience in the room, along with a strong sense of collaboration, we developed much more robust processes.

3. Greater unity among the board members and the senior management – one great benefit in my opinion is that the friendship  respect, and sense of team deepened significantly among the board members and the senior staff members as they engaged intensely on the challenges and opportunities and emerged with some good results.

The benefits of having many wise counselors is valuable – if you use them!

Have a great weekend,
BG