Published April 7, 2016
Trustees have decision making roles. Some decisions won’t always be easy.
Decisions can be tough for many reasons. For example:
Handling tough or significant decisions is part of the challenge of being a trustee. When trustees take on the role, they won’t always know what they will have to deal with. Each situation’s different.
Sometimes trustees will find that whatever decision they make, not everyone will be happy. That’s part of the job but it can feel like a no-win situation. Emotions will often be running high.
Big decisions can have unforeseen consequences which may only become known in years to come. Another trustee could be sitting in the trustee chair when that happens. Or, you could be the trustee sitting in the chair having to deal with a decision made by a former trustee.
It’s important trustee decisions are made with an appropriate level of care.
When trustees are faced with a particularly tough or significant decision, it’s a time to rely on good process.
Here’s a broad decision making process that may be useful for those times:
Tough decisions can involve uncertainty. Often the best option or course of action may only emerge and become clear through the process.
When the pressure goes on, the best antidote for uncertainty is good process.
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