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.

1 comment:

  1. agreed. trustees should not have hallway meetings nor should they have email meetings.

    good discussion for boards after the election - how will email be used? maybe we should switch to twitter and say anything that is going to take more then 140 characters should be done in person.