"I read with delight the questions you would have liked to present to the 5 members who are seeking election to the `Board of Management'.
There is the start of another telling series of questions, ` Board of Management''?
My office must be in a mess as I cannot find the copy of the TMS Board of Management organisational chart, and details of the associated committees their membership, mandates and responsibilities.
Yes your idea of a hustings is very good and would offer an opportunity for members to, in an open forum, question each candidate. It would definitely remove the chaff, and confirm any allegiances, `party games'. Declared proposers and seconders do hint at parties and camps.
What I cannot get my head around is how a candidate is able to propose another candidate for election to the same board, see Karen Rigg. Or are there two members called R. A. Sykes. The implications for the future activities of the Board are are quite worrying!
To return the possibility of an open hustings:-
- I would have asked about the future direction of the museum.
- How would they improve the embedded procedures for responding to concerns, be they improper behavior, acts of intimidation, bullying or ineffective/ poor management. (the acid test of a good organisation is the way it handles and manages problems, external and internal).
- Their intended behavior as a board member, team member, or an individual promoting own agendas.
- How would they undertake the duties and responsibilities that go with the elected position of a board member; the associated perceived expectation of professionalism by the membership.
- How would they improve the volunteer experience and how would they embrace and motivate the volunteers with the specific experience, skills and competences, of value to the museum. The volunteers who some in the museum perceive as a threat to their hierarchical positions and status.
I too am disappointed at the tone of some of the comments and I think we should leave references to WW II to the 1940s events. The only way to solve this problem is create genuine opportunities for members to express their opinions and to receive considered replies. Simply saying "No Vacancies", "Go Away" is no longer acceptable and leads to anger, frustration and back-stabbing.
The forums recommended by Wim and Christoph are one way streets. Members put forward ideas but they are treated with contempt by those on high who never respond.