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Board and Staff
Excerpted from The Minority Report
This is a crucial matter to both tendencies. The Centrists, or “structuralists” as Wendy Blankenheim calls herself, argue that what is going on at the station, in the area of operations and personnel, is solely the concern of the General Manager. Board members, therefore, should deal only with the General Manager. If we don’t like what she or he is doing, then our only recourse is to fire her or him. We are not allowed to give direction to the General Manager, according to the Centrists. Not a great choice.
The Egalitarians are inclined to see our radio station, not so much as a nonprofit corporation with a lot of prohibitions on what we can and can’t do, but more as a bunch of people (some paid, some not, some elected, some not) all doing their best to run the radio station and live up to our mission. Therefore, rather than having a fire wall between board and staff, the station would be run more like a small cooperative or family business. Board and staff, including the manager, would meet together regularly in open discussion so that board members (those that are interested) would get to know more about the day-to-day operations of the station, and how each could contribute. The staff, likewise, would get to know more about board concerns, and the skills and interests of individual board members.
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