Every senior executive needs a trusted advisor, someone who will listen with curiosity, ask deep questions, act as a sounding board, and provide grounded assessments and guidance.
In addition to helping founders and C-level executives, we're also brought in by boards and investors for diligence, to assess strategy, tactics, personnel, and to deal with problems.
Think you have a Trusted Advisor? They must meet these two fundamental requirements:
1. They have no agenda. Subordinates, superiors, peers, partners, and parents don't count.
2. They need to be close, but not too close. You don't want your actions to have an impact on your Advisor's life.