[SCA-AE] New A&S Policy at Pennsic
liamstliam at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 08:09:36 EDT 2010
Thank you for your response.
What I am trying to figure out is if you chose to leave a decision to your
staff, would you go with with it?
That is what happened here,
I do agree that communication was a major issue.
I still hope the decision will be changed.
On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 7:25 AM, Kea Erisdottir <keaeris at erisian.net> wrote:
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> Bill Toscano wrote:
> > Ariadne: This is an honest question.
> > Do you trust your core staff?
> Trust is not a relevant question, past the personal nature of the
> relationship I have with the people working with me. If I didn't trust
> them, they would not be around, but that doesn't mean that there is no
> oversight or need to apply course corrections. Non-micromanaging review
> is always part of our process. Accountability is always part of our
> > If you ask a group of them about a decision, do you take their advice?
> > Always/sometimes/never.
> Depends on what the topic is. Depends on what the advice is. Depends
> on what the mission statement says.
> > An autocratic decision is made by one person, not a group of staff
> Volunteer organizations run on the Good Will and generally positive
> emotion of the people involving themselves with them. Perception is a
> lot of that, and when the perception is that the rules were made to
> inconvenience and punish people who have done nothing wrong, rather than
> find a way to deal with the actual problem, the Good Will and positive
> emotion becomes instantly strained.
> Further, this particular policy -still- lacks adequate explanation and
> rationale to achieve understanding from the people it affects most. It
> is being allowed to be 'explained' by letting speculation about the
> nature of the 'incidents' to range from some hideous child molestation
> to roving gangs of teen marauders rolling kindergarten kids for their
> lunch money. Beyond that, I've read some extremely irresponsible
> commentary from people I know will be ruling the world from their golf
> cart that effectively casts any and all responses -not- acquiescence as
> some sort of mental failing.
> There will be no effective review of the policy or the underlying cause,
> because there never is. Autocratic decisions that lack such a review
> erode morale -really- quickly--and I have a very dim view of any policy
> that relies on the "if you don't like it, then stay home" speech.
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