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What about the other candidates....
Last Post 25 Sep 2013 06:15 AM by Rick Heiges. 5 Replies.
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Rick Heiges
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24 Sep 2013 09:07 AM  
Candidates - Thank you for running. I expect great things from all of you. No Pressure.

Out of 7 candidates, only 3 will be elected. Each of you have been involved with PASS for a period of time. Each of you have indicated the desire to do more and serve on the Board. Each of you have provided information about what you would do if elected.

I am sure that each of you have researched the other candidates and realize just how PASSionate they are about PASS and the community. They have already shown a certain level of commitment to serve and have some great ideas. In what ways could the Board reach out to the others who were not elected in order to make some of those ideas come alive and allow them to act upon those ideas?

Please don't be too specific iin your responses and mention names. :-)

Thank you.
Amy Lewis
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24 Sep 2013 10:50 AM  
Hi Rick,

Great question! From PASS Board Members, to Virtual/Local chapter leaders, to SQL Saturday committee members, and finally to attendees, there is a WEALTH of great ideas. I have on my blog this quote from Woodrow Wilson "We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow."

I believe that at all levels PASS welcome input from the community and volunteers. After each SQL Saturday and local chapter event I host, I routinely review "Lessons Learned", both good and bad. I believe PASS BOD and IT should work on creating a Feedback site/page or a "We want to hear from you". This can not only be a place for ideas to be shared on how to improve things, but also what worked well. Categories can be created to help get these ideas into the write portfolio leader and/or right community segment (SQL Sat, Local Chapters, Virtual Chapters, Program Team, WIT, etc).

Thanks again for a great question and for being a great Regional Mentor!

-Amy

Want to learn more about Amy? Please check out the below links:
Candidate Page: http://www.sqlpass.org/Elections/Ca...Lewis.aspx
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Ami Levin
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24 Sep 2013 03:15 PM  
Hi Rick,

Thank you for taking an active interest in the elections.
You are correct that the candidates have demonstrated exceptional commitment and outstanding vision. However, I think we need to look at this issue from a broader perspective.

There are 4 candidates that won't make the board this time. There are hundreds of community leaders who also demonstrate exceptional commitment and vision. There are more than a hundred thousands members, many of which have brilliant ideas and a much needed fresh vision.

I believe we should focus on establishing a well-defined process and communication channels between PASS and all its members to share and discuss ideas and how to get those ideas to the board for action.
A feedback page like Amy suggested is a great channel.
However, I think that the channels are not enough. You can't have the board seriously consider each and every idea and therefore we need a well-defined process to filter and prioritize those ideas.

At the risk of going into over-detail, I think the first elimination phase should be completely up to PASS members. The ideas can be discussed over any of the channels and then voted upon. We can then have a committee review and refine the selected ideas. It should also perform the initial research. The committee will in turn deliver to the board of directors a well-documented, broad scoped analysis of the facts to make the decision making cycle quick and efficient.

I believe the non elected candidates' ideas, as the idea of any member should go through this process in order to be considered.

Thanks again,

Ami Levin

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Allen Kinsel
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25 Sep 2013 05:34 AM  
Rick,

As one who has served on the board and observed this from both sides I'm sure you appreciate how tough a question you asked here. The easy answer is: “reach out to them individually, and ask them what they’d like to help on” the reality though is that’s a Band-Aid and the PASS Board needs to prioritize where volunteer management fits in the overall needs of the organization. When prioritized, there should be a method by which PASS is able to repetitively solicit volunteers and their feedback for inclusion in PASS programs (regardless of whether they are candidates or not)

More information about me and my platform can be found on my site
http://www.allenkinsel.com/pass-election
Richard Douglas
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25 Sep 2013 05:50 AM  
Hi Rick,

Thanks for your question.

There is already an area on the PASS site that you can provide feedback - http://feedback.sqlpass.org/forums/...mmit-2012. However with so many people posting blogs about ideas that the board should take up it insinuates that not many people know about this functionality on the site or possibly a darker side that these people do not believe that the current approach is transparent enough that they feel they need to take it upon themselves for their voices to be heard. I would hope that it is the former and for the rest of this response I will take that stance.

It has already been mentioned in this campaign by most of the candidates that the backend IT systems require a revamp and that this is not an easy or cheap task to undergo. Promoting features however is cheap, if we wish to engage more people then we should be telling people how they can shape the community that they are in. An influx of ideas is great, however there will need to be a mechanism in place to cater for this.

I believe it is Allen who said he would like to align portfolios with subcommittees so that a more strategic vision can be held. If there is not one already then there should be some kind of committee to vet ideas to be put towards the relevant party. With the great ideas and passion that all the candidates have I am sure a number of them would be willing to help in this area if not elected as they can still have a great impact on how our community is run.

At the risk of not appearing transparent a clearly defined procedure should be put in place for considering and either rejecting or proceeding with suggestions.

Regards,
Richard Douglas

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Rick Heiges
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25 Sep 2013 06:15 AM  
I think that I need to clarify my question. I think parts of it were answered, but here it goes....

I am not saying that there are not great ideas out there from the rest of the PASS volunteers. However, each of you have been identified as a Leader who has contriibuted to the success of PASS. 4 of 7 will not be serving on the BoD.

If you are elected, how would you reach out to other 4 and leverage their experience/passioin/commitment/leadership? What would that look like (assuming that the other 4 would want to serve in that capacity)?
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