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A question regarding a dispute with the Board of Directors

 
#1 A question regarding a dispute with the Board of Directors
25/11/2005 10:44

Monkey see monkey do

Good day all.

I'm the managing director of a not for profit organisation, appointed just under a year ago. After looking into the current situation of the organisation's future sustainability, I have made my recommendations to the board of directors. It entails a fairly large change in the organisations business model, but one that I see no way of ignoring.

The problem is that my predecesor is now also a non-executive director of the board, and he is blocking my recomendations, because it goes against what he left as his legacy. It effectively shows that his strategy was detrimental to long-term sustainability. So now the Board is split on which way to go, due to an allegiance some non-execs have to my prdecesor. He is a very charismatic person, that bases his arguments on sophistic rhetoric, and not on business principles. Unfortunately some of the Board are totally taken by him.

My question is the following, if the board does not go with my recommendations, I will not stick around to see the organisation crumble. I want to know whether anybody thinks it's acceptable to make mention of my predecesor blocking my change to his "legacy", and my reason for quitting being due to irresconcilable differences with my board. How would this be viewed on my resume? This is the first director role I've held.

Thanks.

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#2 Re: A question regarding a dispute with the Board of Directors
01/12/2005 21:59

Richard

Tricky. Suggest you engage help from external source to dispationately review your arguments. You can't all be right? At very least you will get a fresh perspective and may be able to re-present your argument in a way that enables others to understand what you are forecasting.

Secondly, if this has been done, then it isn't necessarily the message, but the manner of it. Some people respond to logic, some not...etc. How are you 'selling' your argument? You may need to sell the same message in different ways to different people on the board.

Finally, you present the debate as between you and your pre-decessor. In this case, either you need a chairman to bash your heads together, or you need to thrash it out between you.

Oh, not quite finally...don't worry about this being your first appointment. Welcome to the wierd world of the MD.

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