Re: suggestions for journal improvements etc
Yours was a very thoughtful post...I appreciate your sending it to the list.
Carolyn Q. Bryson
At 12:06 AM 01/09/2001 -0600, you wrote:
>RE:>> the Wilkins group.
>How far has the infiltration of the dark side penetrated? I'm pretty much a
>newbie to this world of Hosta politics, and from within this particular
>association, but I am of the opinion that a primary responsibility of the
>leadership in any volunteer organization is to learn how to effectively dodge
>bullets. No matter what position one takes, there will always be
>those who love to criticize (witness those posts which some perceive as
>while some say, "right on!"). I've seen in my past year of being on several
>lists, that there has been significant challenges to authority, whether it be
>legitimate or imagined authority. Aren't we always going to have this
>problem until we rewrite the bylaws to limit the terms of officers to be only
>I don't care if the person elected to the post in the nicest person since
>Christ himself; give them a few months in the position and relationships
>formed. Often these relationships are important in order to get something
>accomplished; some of these are because the leadership is being pulled
>the "dark side" unawares and the "good ol' boy syndrome" is kicking in. Some
>might even be just good business sense--you scratch my back and I'll scratch
>yours. (Always an easy target of the rank and file, so leaders choose
>to become aloof, refusing to be friendly to anyone, or forming working
>while not cowtowing to criticism, simply ignoring any political infighting).
>The major culprit, as I see it, is the length of term. The primary way in
>potentially detrimental working (translated, influence peddling)
>are prevented is to rotate people out of their positions of responsibility
>frequently. The downside is that you waste time having to educate those who
>would fill the posts. You don't get to have it both ways. One way
>get around this is to have a President elect in position for at least one
>prior to assuming the position, and to have ex-officio officers helping with
>training. Is that how it is currently being done here? If the terms were
>two years, and the successor was known and was serving for one year prior to
>assuming office, the transition would not be as difficult. But no matter,
>are always things to complain about.
>As I said, I don't care if is Mother Theresa, John Kennedy, President-Elect
>Bush, Martha Stewart, or whomever is sitting in that position--when you're
>in front you're going to be all alone. Part of the job includes learning
>effectively dodge the bullets. Keep you head down, Jim, here comes another
>I'm sorry that I don't have the benefit (baggage) of a background on these
>issues. I know some are real, and I know some are imagined, but in any
>there is one other possible curative action that can be taken--hiring
>professional association management. How many of us are ready to see our
>double or triple to hire even one Manager with but one paid staff member?
>Full-time association management costs some bucks.
>I guess I'm at a loss as to what is so wrong with the current regime? Are we
>elevating C. H. to the position of Messiah, possibly having such high
>expectations that he is doomed to constant criticism because we're
>What are the top ten things that need improvement?
>Dumbfounded (or am I guilty of being "found dumb"?) in Des Moines...
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