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2012-02-23 23:41:06 GMT 2012-02-26 20:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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Frankly, it’s embarrassing to share this…but maybe my board story will be a cautionary warning for other well-intentioned board nominees.
Here’s what happened:
My pastor is on the Board of Directors at our favorite Christian camp—and so he nominated me for board service. That was certainly an honor—and our family loves the camp—so my wife and I agreed to say “yes.”
The camp’s Executive Director did the usual “blah, blah, blah” recruitment ritual at a very nice steak place. He even paid! I got this glowing picture of organizational health, new programs—you know—the usual hype…board service will be a nice addition to my resume…it will enhance my career, etc., etc. –- all somehow packaged with appropriate piety!
So how do I say this delicately?
The lunch hour briefing was dismal. In fact, I may have been the first board nominee ever to ask for some pre-meeting orientation—but hey—I believe in the ministry and I was supporting it financially—so I told him, “OK. I’m all in.”
The Executive Director mentioned that the actual election of board members was just a formality, so in the restaurant parking lot, he opened his trunk, gave me four thick binders, plus an official camp coffee mug, and slapped me on the back with a big “Welcome to the board!”
Wow. Back in my car, I had this gut feeling that I’d made a really, really bad decision—but I soldiered on.
You ever heard of the “Cringe Factor?” You know, when something abnormal or kind of embarrassing happens in a meeting?
Well…at my first board meeting—I counted at least seven “Cringe Moments.” Like the Finance Committee Chair arguing over numbers with the CFO. Then…the PowerPoint didn’t work. Two board members were seriously late—and unprepared.
And the worst: there was more passion, I mean—more PASSION—it seemed, for the dinner menu than for the organization’s vision and mission. I mean, it was one “Cringe” after another. I was a fish out of water. A painful fish out of water!
I carpooled to this first board meeting with my pastor and on the way home that night, he perceptively noticed my silence, saying something like, “That didn’t go well, did it?”
Long story short: I told him, “I can’t do this. I gotta call the board chair tomorrow and resign.”
So…I guess I may hold the record for the shortest board term in the history of the world!
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