Where Do We Begin?

2 Jul

There are two types of people; those who read the instructions, lay out all the tools and parts, and begin to assemble everything, and those that simply grab the pieces and begin to put them together. It is easy to see both kinds when a group assembles a jigsaw puzzle; some people separate the edge pieces and the colors according to the image on the lid of the box while others simply find two pieces that fit together and are off and running.

It is much the same with building an organizational board. You need the list makers and note takers, as well as the dreamers and risk-takers. All of these people bring a mix of the very best skills that will serve to make your organization successful. There are two components that should be considered.

 First, the organization should consider if they have all the skills they need. I once interviewed at a creative start-up company. It came down to me and one other person. At that point, the two owners asked each of us to take a personality test. We did and they hired her instead of me. They explained that they needed someone who was not like them in order to keep them in check and that I had scored too high on the creative side while she had scored higher on the side of rational judgment. There are decks of cards that organizations sometimes use to identify the resources that people bring as well as the skills that people either don’t have or don’t want to use. It can be fun to discover that everyone in the group wants to provide the services and no one wants to create the infrastructure needed but it can ultimately bring an organization to its knees.

At the same time, the organization must make serving on the board personally satisfying for each individual. It would be wonderful to believe that humans operate on a purely altruistic plane of existence but we all want something. In the case of serving on a board of directors, individuals may want the experience of serving, may have a vested interest in the outcome or mission, may believe in the leader, or may simply want to participate in something with purpose or meaning. It is important that individuals honestly identify their reason for participation as this can be an important motivation for a higher level of commitment. In turn, the organization must be able to agree to help them attain their personal goals while asking them to operate as part of a cohesive organism with a shared vision towards fulfilling the organization’s mission.

 P3 or Pyramid Player’s Productions is on a mission to “Raise Jewels”; with the help, commitment, expertise and support of its board, there is an amazing opportunity to nurture the talent of so many young people as well as build upon the wealth in our communities. 


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