There's less weakness in admitting a failure honestly, retreating and regrouping, than in powering through when knowing oneself unprepared.
-- brion On Mar 4, 2016 7:07 PM, "MZMcBride" <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: > Alice Wiegand wrote: > >We know that our C-level team is doing a great job in managing the > >day-to-day-operations and they all have a deep understandning of our > >culture, challenges and needs. Who, if not them, knows better what is best > >for the organization in this moment. The Board is not best suited to make > >a decision about the interim which can quickly be established and accepted > >in this situation. > > > >Therefor the board empowers the entire C-level-team to come up with a > >solution for the interim question. We leave it up to them how that > >decisions looks like. We trust them to think traditional or outside of the > >box as it fits to our organization, the Wikimedia Foundation. The > >C-level-team needs some time to deliberate and decide. They will present > >their result to the board which has to vote on it. We plan to finalize > >until the end of next week. > > Current Wikimedia Foundation "C-levels" based on > <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors>: > > * Lila Tretikov, Executive Director > * Wes Moran, Vice President of Product > * [vacant], Chief Technology Officer > * Maggie Dennis, Senior Director of Community Engagement (Interim) > * Lisa Seitz-Gruwell, Chief Advancement Officer > * Geoff Brigham, General Counsel > * Katherine Maher, Chief Communications Officer > * Jaime Villagomez, Chief Financial Officer > * Joady Lohr, Vice President of Human Resources (Interim) > > Does the "C-level team" in this context include Lila and/or the interims? > > My vote is for Geoff Brigham. There's precedent for the General Counsel to > be interim Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, of course. And > Geoff has been around long enough and is trusted to be a good steward of > the Wikimedia Foundation. I don't think an outsider would be a good idea. > > I don't see it as a sign of strength to abdicate your responsibility in > this way. This action makes the Board of Trustees, already perceived as > being weak, look even weaker, out-of-touch, and unprepared. You've known > about general discontent with the Executive Director since November 2015 > and you really weren't able, by March 2016, to figure out who would serve > as interim Executive Director? This is almost derelict behavior. > > I don't think anyone demands perfection from members of the Board of > Trustees, but it is an actual commitment to an organization that has a > very large budget and a large number of staff operating a fairly important > set of Web properties. The fact that nine adults really didn't think > through the consequences of "what comes next after the current Executive > Director?" in order to come prepared with an answer to the most obvious > question ("who will be the interim?") is pretty embarrassing and sad. > > MZMcBride > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>