Streamline - Summer 2013 - (Page 23)
BOB GAY, CIRCUIT
folks serve on
a board for the
first time, they
tend to notice
little things that
can be changed
in order to adapt
the operation to
How is Serving on a Board of an
Organization like Owning a Car?
There are some comparisons that are relevant and should be understood in
order to do both properly.
Don’T LAUgh yET!
When many folks drive a new car for the first
time, they tend to notice little things that are
different from that which they are accustomed
to and may have the idea that some changes
should be made to adapt to their individual needs
When many folks serve on a board for the
first time, they tend to notice little things that
can be changed in order to adapt the operation
to their individual needs and desires. Let me
state up front that your car is yours to make
changes as you please, other than answering to
your spouse, the laws and maybe the finance
As a board member for an organization that
has a clear mission statement, you will have
many more things to consider before making
Generally you alone get to decide when and
where your car will go, how and when it’s serviced, and how much you can and want to spend
on changes. You even get to do the driving.
While on a board you are part of a group
that decides where your manager will take your
organization, how it gets there, when it should
be there, but the manager should do the driving.
The board pays a professional, in the form of
a City Manager, Town Manager or Executive
Manager to take the organization to its destination and herein is my main point.
The sign at the shop entrance to your local
garage that states, “Customers not allowed in
shop area” has more than one purpose. It satisfies some of the concerns of the liability insurance and also keeps the car owner out of the
way of the paid professional mechanic so that
he/she can do, in a more efficient manner, the
job that he/she is trained to do.
When a board member understands what his/
her role as a board member involves and lets
the professionals do their job, only then will
the organization continually achieve the goals
dictated by its mission statement.
Other approaches can and will lead to disruptions and delays. It is human nature for a board
member with interest, concern, and dedication
to try to help steer the organization, but restraint
must be exercised at all times.
Generally the board member regardless of
knowledge and experience must assume the
role of a novice and leave the steering of the
organization to the paid professional. There are
many reasons that this concept should be followed, but one of the main considerations is that
the board member has other responsibilities and
needs to utilize his or her time setting policy and
providing vision so that the paid professional
continually knows and understands the overall
mission and direction of the organization and
therefore has the tools to do the steering.
A dedicated board member that understands
his/her responsibilities and puts forth sincere
effort to fulfill those responsibilities in a Board/
Team environment probably will not have time
to do the steering for somebody else.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2013
From the President
From the Executive Director
Generators – Learning from the Past
Does the End Justify the Means?
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
How is Serving on a Board of an Organization like Owning a Car?
Monitoring Master Meters
2013 Conference Highlights
OilClean from EcoSolutions Naturally Separates Oil from Water
Choosing a Rate Analyst
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Snug and Smug with Solar Power
Fresh Faces: Joey Fagan
Throwing My Loop
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2013