[members-discuss] Marketing? Really?
Sander Steffann sander at steffann.nl
Wed Oct 23 10:57:12 CEST 2013
Hi Nigel, > Since I got mentioned by name, perhaps the list won't mind if I respond to this one. Very much appreciated even! > In actual fact the board drags Axel over the coals every time he > proposes a budget. Every item on the budget is debated and in many cases > reduced. Axel has a personal objective (with real personal implications) > to reduce per member spending, year on year and to bring expenses in > below budget. That's one reason why the expenses are consistently > falling. Every extra staff position is identified and debated before > making it into the budget. It normally takes 2 or 3 iterations to come > to a final budget, and only then will the membership fee be proposed. If > the community thinks that the board just rubber-stamps the NCC's > management decisions, then I'm afraid they are much mistaken. > > In addition to that, the NCC generates a monthly board report, running > to 20 pages or more, which the board reads through and picks over. > Between us, we've got pretty good at spotting anomalies and Axel knows > better than to try (not that he would, of course). Thank you for this reply. I think it is very good that the members see what their board is doing for them. And I guess it might make the board's job a bit easier if we as members think about and discuss what we expect from the NCC in a constructive way :-) Cheers, Sander