I received my notification email this morning that the Nominating Committee did not recommend me to the PASS Board for inclusion on the slate of candidates presented to voting members. Unlike my friend Steve Jones (his reaction), I was not really surprised by the decision. Not because I don’t think I’m capable, but because the expectations about what makes an “ideal board member”. I’ve always been a technologist and not a manager so I do lack some of the experience that you’d get in a management position. Having said that, here’s the relevant part of the letter:
While your history as a volunteer within the organization has been relatively short, you have been in it "all they way." Your commitment, enthusiasm and efforts are recognized within the organization.At first glance I read the letter as saying you need more experience, but as I thought more about it, I was left wondering why I didn’t get recommended, instead of knowing what I need to do to get recommended next time. I’m probably right that more experience is what’s needed, but how much is enough? What areas was I weakest? That’s what a rejected candidate needs to know.
Do not be disheartened, it is not unusual for someone to work through this process several times, before success. Let me re-assure you that you are definitely going down the right path, and seem to be doing all the right things to take increasingly responsible roles within this organization. Continue to volunteer, learn and work within PASS to develop your leadership skills. I look forward to speaking with you next year.
On behalf of the Nominations Committee, we thank you for your service to the organization, truly appreciate your volunteer spirit, and look forward to your continued involvement with the PASS organization over the next year.
I think the 5 that made the cut are strong candidates. Mark Ginnebaugh is the only one I don’t know much about so he’s who I’ll spend most of my time learning about before I vote.
I want to thank everyone who supported my candidacy and encouraged me to make the attempt. It has been a great learning experience.
Will I do it again? I can’t say, but nothing that happened to me in the process has turned me off from doing it again.