Scrabble TRICKSTER? No! Never!
March 23, 2011 2:07 AM Subscribe
How do I help an organization that is in over its head when I am losing respect for the people (ok, one person in particular!) who run it?
posted by Snarl Furillo to Human Relations (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a member of a lovely organization. We are an organization of competitive Scrabble players.* Many of my friends are Scrabble players, and I love playing Scrabble so much that I agreed to help run our little Scrabble club. That was my first mistake.
My problem is two-fold: the organization is, uh, failing on several important fronts, particularly that they do not have a budget or track their expenses in any coherent way (ie, they don't know how many members are paying their weekly Scrabble fee, or how much we spent or made on tournaments last year. Unsurprisingly, we rarely have much money in the bank.). I suspect this is an "unknown unknown" issue- when I brought up a budget, one member, Archibald, said a budget was impossible because our expenses weren't fixed. Archibald tells other members that he is doing "careful budget analysis," but can't produce it.
Ah, Archibald! Archibald is my second problem. He is a senior member who helped found the organization. Yay, Archibald, for your drive and ambition! Archibald is now (in my not-so-nice opinion) in over his head in terms of running the organization. Unfortunately, he is also extremely, ahem, vocal about sharing his opinions. For instance, Archibald has told me to stop bringing up money and just track the stock of Scrabble boards because he has everything under control. Also, what good would a budget do? We still wouldn't have much money! He's sure of it!
You can see from my tone that damn, son, I do not have one ounce of patience for Archibald. So here is my three part question:
1. Is there any way to help the organization see that the things they see as not-so-important (money, etc) are actually important?
2. How do I deal with Archibald without resorting to Archibald-like tactics (meanness, cursing, temper tantrums)?
3. Should I resign from the running of things tomorrow, using the resignation letter I got up at 3 am to write, and go back to being just a bad-ass Scrabble player?
4. Will I regret resigning forever and feel that a bully won and that I didn't have the stones to stick around and help an organization that I desperately love but that has nevertheless been causing me sick amounts of grief (see: getting up at 3 am to type angry resignation letter)?**
*We are not competitive Scrabble players.
**I understand you can't really answer 4.