Network "Governance" Take TwoJuly 7, 2010 5 Comments
- Be passion-driven and work-focused
- Think “community-development” not “governance structure”
- Use leading tools
- Integrate reflection, learning and flexibility
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post describing some of the ideas I had gotten from Jessica Lipnack about how to think about governance issues and networks. After reading Steve Waddell’s piece, I’m starting to hone that thinking a little more. Essentially they say much the same thing (determine the purpose-driven work that needs to happen and the minimum structure needed to accomplish that work). A few of the additions, though are Steve’s concerns about talking abstractly about “governance structure”. Any structure for a network, he says, “should arise out of the need to support a community of people to do work and experience from doing the work.”
As well, he talks about the work of immediately following up on issues from a meeting and supporting what needs to happen at the next meeting. As he says,
“I have participated in far too many ‘event-focused’ initiatives, that have poured attention into organizing a meeting only to be insufficiently prepared to support the passion and ideas that arise out of it. The result? Dissipation of energy and lost opportunity.”
So focus needs to be placed on how to support the passion and energy in the group going forward. What is needed to do that? How can we best serve?
What else would you suggest thinking about?