How Do You Keep Advisors (Both Formal and Informal) Informed/Engaged?


What are some methods that you use? There can be issues like time conflicts, not keeping them in the loop enough, and advice that comes like after you've already made mistakes.

Is it hard to make sure you get the most out of relationships from advice-givers?

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asked Apr 17 '12 at 03:45
41 points

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Depending on your team:

  • Email list - send emails to inform and solicit input
  • Periodic conference call - weekly or so, whatever works for you

You can use new online conferencing tools to get together when you have things to show.

I always record meetings and make them available on a private, protected web site.

answered May 3 '13 at 09:42
Richard T
141 points


Whilst a share compensation scheme might help, advisors can be motivated by many other reasons. But a simple mechanism might be the old biblical honor & respect ... give honor to their contributions by inviting them to hands-on meetings/events, acknowledge their contributions in newsletters to staff/customers. Respect them for their time and give thanks for the time time they spend in thinking about a problem, even if you disagree on their solution. I'd point you to the concept of problemsourcing... where

“Problemsourcing is akin to crowdsourcing in reverse in that the open
call initiator, not the crowd, holds the problem-solving capabilities,
and the crowd-members offer not solutions but promising problems that
would create substantial value if solved.”

so openly acknowledge them as a valued in-house thinktank. Who knows, maybe you can dispense with the share scheme.
answered May 1 '13 at 09:50
501 points

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