BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Think of this as an extended list of mentors, champions, and people you respect. Cultivate these relationships. If you need ideas about whom to meet, ask other people you respect professionally to put you in touch with their mentors or friends. These are the people you will turn to when you need unbiased feedback that you might not be able to get from your own employees, coworkers, or actual board of directors. Remember, you’ll only do as well as those around you want you to do.