The Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) community is in need of a culture change. The MVF community includes the MVF BOD and its committees, the MVF staff operations and its departments, and HOA’s and Village residents.
Today’s top down, authoritative culture serves as an enabler for overreach and underperformance. Beginning with the role confusion between the MVF President and MVF EVP, the MVF BOD is dominated by a President with tendencies toward over control and micromanagement and has acquiesced by adopting a passive posture. This has resulted in a delinquent performance of its oversight role.
While the committee structure is complete with respect to focus areas and needs, committee operations are fragmented and stove piped with insufficient interaction or coordination among committees. The result is incomplete committee staff work whenever crosscutting issues arise. For example, the environment and transportation issues crosscut those of recreation and public safety. The completed staff work necessary for high quality MVF BOD recommendations demands that committees be informed by necessary input from subject matter experts in other committees in a systematic and dependable way. MVF committee operations need to be coordinated and integrated with respect to information flow.
Finally the governance of MVF needs to transition from the current dysfunctional top down culture to a civil and democratic bottom up paradigm featuring purposeful and transparent networking among MVF BOD, MVF staff departments, committees, HOA’s, MV business community, and Village residents. In this arrangement, the Village resident is accorded respect, is listened to carefully, and is dealt with in a civil manner. Village residents who comment at MVF BOD Residents Time should be rewarded with a letter from the MVF EVP acknowledging the testimony, informing the resident of any actions taken, and promising appropriate actions as necessary. The Residents Time allocation of five-minutes should be restored.
As a 2013 candidate for MVF Board of Directors, I am committed to leading this Game Changing Transformation in Montgomery Village. You have a friend in me.