Friday, October 8, 2010
Secret #19: Don't try to have meetings by e-mail
E-mail is a great tool for some purposes- sharing logistical details of meetings, informing people of emergent situations, etc. And trustees, like most people these days in leadership positions, have Blackberrys.
But it's lousy as a means to debate issues, and it's no substitute for the face to face dicussions that take place at meetings.
Keep it mind as well that e-mail is not a secure communications channel. My rule of thumb has always been not to say anything through e-mail that I wouldn't want to see on the front page of the newspaper.
Over the years, some of our employees have said things through e-mail that helped them become former employees.
And remember that the school district's guidelines for acceptable use of technology, including e-mail, applies to Trustees just as much as it does to staff.