Jul. 4th, 2012 07:33 am
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[personal profile] awatson wrote a great post on burnout recently. I've mostly been suffering from those symptoms too much to write in here, despite my early dreams. If you want more OTW news, [personal profile] renay and [personal profile] hl are also writing a bit from different perspectives.

Board is difficult. We have three people who can hardly ever make a meeting at the moment. I would say you can see from our minutes, but I'm having trouble getting a quorum to approve the minutes so I can post them. And it's getting to be holiday season, so it's only going to get harder. We can't really have the discussions of big issues that we need if only half the board are there. So we tick along on the admin side, and work on making specific committees more sustainable.

That's an uphill battle, too. We have had an unlucky year, with six chairs having to step down in the first six months of the year - that's significantly higher than normal. We've also had a lot of experienced staffers finally hit the point of "too much". So for those who are left, training newbies is balanced with keeping things running, and trying to fit in some long-term strategic thinking in the gaps. It's easy to think that all we need to do is train and mentor more people for future leadership, but mentoring is hard work, even if it's rewarding. There are people who say they have tons of professional experience, but then don't seem to apply any of the expected skills to their org work. Which applies to me some days, too - I forget that the day-job skills for dealing with difficult clients could be applied to fannish friends in the org.

The AO3 performance problems have slipped off the headlines, but behind the scenes everyone knows it's only a temporary reprieve - we need to fix the actual problems so they don't recur. And because of the stress that's causing, still no-one wants to talk about any of the issues that were raised publicly during the last election.

I wanted to end this on a hopeful note, but I can't think of one right now. I guess that's another of the symptoms of burnout. Anyone want to volunteer for Board next year?

Date: 2012-07-05 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hl
I love it when you imply this is not true for most, if not all, the people working on the org, be them doing the same things in the dayjobs or not. Only that by 'love it', I mean, 'hate it'.

I'm not sure what you think is the solution to the 'communal projects imply working with people' bit, and that means that people who can't stand dealing with people can't handle it, because the org is one, and I've only seen problems come out of 'this person is too awesome/the only expert and they don't want to deal with people; let's just leave them to decide everything' type of thinking.

Date: 2012-07-05 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
I've only seen problems come out of 'this person is too awesome/the only expert and they don't want to deal with people; let's just leave them to decide everything' type of thinking.

Ditto. Been there, worked with those people, gave up and quit (thus contributing to more strain for the people who stayed, I'm sure). And for the record, outside of the OTW, I've worked with people who were at the top of their profession (people who had literally won Olympic medals) who didn't have a teaspoon of the "I'm special and highly skilled and I can't be bothered to try to work with you" attitude that causes so many problems.


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