|Organizational Design [was Meal cleaners]||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:38:29 -0700 (PDT)|
One of the things we tend to do is to have a bright idea for the upfront part of an event or program and pay no attention to the back end. Two reasons: 1. We are so happy to have a bright idea we don't want to discourage it by focusing on the work details. 2. Why focus on the work details if you don't even know if it will go? Let's just get it started and see what we need later. I'm the voice of doom saying "Lets think this through a bit, remember what happened when we …." Or the person who says, "Remember, you promised when we started this that you would be the person responsible for ….?" The current issue was an agreement for the purchase of a 3 by 4 by 5 foot gas grill. Purchase was contingent on finding good storage space where the grill would also be used. The original suggestion of next to the compost was not an appetizing idea. Objections to it being left in the piazza were to having hot objects left by the tot lot to cool and looking at a black draped coffin next to the fountain. Finally we found a place between the parking lot and the breezeway where the grill can also be used in place or easily moved across concrete, not grass, to the piazza. So we fulfilled the need to have storage plans before purchasing it. Wonderful! But we didn't write down the agreement in a place where it could be easily found. Two years later, new members leave the grill in the piazza because it is "more convenient." (They have no children.) More rounds of emails over whether there ever was an agreement — "since no one wrote it down they didn't mean it." Any event needs to be organized. Planning meals without planning clean up is not planning meals. We also open rooms or add functions to rooms without figuring out how they will be maintained and what happens if they aren't. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
- Re: Meal cleaners, (continued)
- Organizational Design [was Meal cleaners] Sharon Villines, June 29 2012
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