The current Managing Director of The Skylight and the Executive Committee of The Skylight should resign due to the negative effects of an intensely miscalculated announcement of a management restructuring that has turned into a public relations disaster.i think jonathan's got the right idea. let me add a few things.
They are not bad people. They are, in fact, good people. They are well intentioned and tried to solve a problem. I think their decision might be right, but the handling of it was so wrong and their silence regarding the public outcry promotes an arrogance that I simply cannot support as a quality of an effective leadership team.
first of all, where is colin cabot? colin, we need you.
second, WHO IS THIS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE? it seems there are plenty of current board members who don't even know the answer to this question. we need to know who exactly made this decision, and they should have the balls to stand up and say, "i am responsible for this."
if the entire board did not vote on this decision, is it legal? if the entire board voted on it after the fact, is it legal? (and legality aside, isn't there is a huge difference between a vote prior to a decision being made, and a vote afterwords to try to "clean up the mess?") and if the board did in fact give dillner and the executive committee a vote of confidence, after the fact, was it legal? i.e was a quorum reached?
second - the dillner's skylight is planning a "community forum" to discuss all of this in the near future. call me crazy, but i think this is a smoke screen and an attempt to diffuse the issue. the community has already done lot's of talking, and no one has responded. no one. what does that tell you? that we're trying to decide what to say? what "stories" are being coordinated and agreed upon behind the scenes right now?
i'm tired of hearing "well, eric is really a nice guy." i'm a nice guy too, but i make bad decisions (sometimes.) and if mr. dillner is such a nice guy, why was this a total shock to bill theisen? if an executive committee said, at some point, "this is what you must do," and dillner vehemently disagreed with it, why didn't he bring bill in to the discussion? this is the first major, public decision mr. dillner has made for the skylight and i'd say it hasn't gone well.
those in favor of this decision are, i believe, about to present their case to the public as a unified front, when in fact, it seems clear they are not. those not in favor of this decision need to rally the troops, and dig in for the long haul or just give up and move on. plenty can go on behind the scenes, but while that's happening, we need to be a vocal, loud, clear voice.
jamie johns may have gone too far for some, but he was heard. we need to be heard too. i say no more mr. nice guy: civil, legal protest against this decision is worth it. signs. shouting. singing. chanting. a breakfast is a great idea, but we need to be raising our bagels to the sky and yelling "i'm mad as hell and i'm not going to take it anymore!"
the longer this is drawn out, the more it dissipates. this is what a pr firm would tell you: "don't respond and it will go away."
we must not go away.