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Advice needed re well-meaning but less than competent board

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scaryclown Mon 07-Nov-16 19:36:29

I just wondered if anyone had any advice. I'm working in a business, but its more like a community project. It was my baby but i struggled to find people with integrity to sit on the board.

Now i have people who are ok, but keep voting on easy option people..ie almost anyone who says they are available, which is ok ..sortof..because we are cove re ed legally..but they are completely incompetent when it comes to money, action, or planning, yet theoretically they have control and influence on all of these.

We are liaising soon with a commercially led arts project. I am by far the most experienced in this, having run experiential arts projects, conferences, arts council events etc, and so i arranged to meet the head of that project.

The rest of the board heard, and sort of like a bad football team all following the ball arpund, they all want to come to the meeting en masse. The trouble is, I have been in meeting with them abiut similar idea-led projects and they can be extremely damaging, mostly by talking down fabulous ideas that have real impact down into the sort of church fete ideas that are to me depressing and disheartening, but to the publics we seek to attract, seem dowdy amd embarrassing. For an evemt last year aimed at hipster types, they were all proud and insistent on a badly photoshopped flyer that looked like a school project..not in a good way.

I am the most marketing-y person but instead of being listened to i'm getting outvotted.. and yet some of the things arent really 'votable' things..they are professionally sensible decisions..

Has anyone got any suggestions on where to start with this?

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