We did try some organizational layers in the past but here are some of the differences.
I will be a single point of contact for these teams regardless of us setting up leads. Also if there is an issue with leads I will be an open form of communication to deal with those leads.
I will be requesting tasks to be done by volunteers directly as opposed to the past where it was asked in an open format.
I will be the one responsible to make sure these tasks are getting done.
I will be managing the projects so there aren’t so many hands in the pot.
At this point in the venture without some sort of business structure we are going to need another person to step up and take on these responsibilities and that is what I am primarily doing. This is something that did not happen in the past. Sure there were people who took on the lead roles and there were teams established but at the end of the day a lot of opinions and thoughts were shared but that stuff eventually fell to the wayside because like you said there was too much arguing, conflicting personalities, and overall direction was difficult.
I am committing to create a different environment which is something I could never do in the past. My previous job made it impossible for me to commit. Now I am in a new job where I can commit to these things.
I think what might help is to understand what I actually do and my role. For Glimesh I helped write stuff. TOS, ROC, Blogs… I did some legal research and some tax / payment research. And then I am a pretend mod lol… Honestly when was the last time you saw me mod anything… I don’t really have an active role at Glimesh other than what I had done in the past.
For my actual working position I am a project manager. I negotiate with businesses to write contracts for our company, I work with nationwide accounts to ensure they are happy with our services and we are getting as much money out of them as we can, I work with our marketing teams to ensure our clients are up to date on what we can do for them with the suppliers we have, and I work with our account managers to make sure they are selling our products to their fullest potential.
Now I don’t throw out a flex for no reason. I hate talking about myself and I am not always the most confident individual… The reason I say this is because these are things that I do for work everyday. I mention it to hopefully easy some worries on the plans and structures. I also mention it to hopefully build your confidence in myself taking on something like this. Because I do just what I am offering here for a living for a large company. I work across product, marketing, and sales on a daily basis. And I work with other companies to help them do the same. I mention this to at least say that I am not just making this all on a whim of an idea but applying principals from the companies I work with.
This also is something I have never really been able to offer to do in the past. I help push very successful teams in my line of work. And I believe we have the right people here to help get things done, we just need someone to link everyone together and push things forward. I am in a position now to do that and I am asking the community, Clone, and others to trust me to do that.
In terms of team leads I agree that having a lead there to approve everything can be a problem. But that is something that we can discuss when we get to that bridge. Right now we don’t have any team leads. And we need some form of quality control, we need a way that when things are made they are done to a standard and they are done ethically. Now how that approval process is done can be a later discussion, but my very initial general suggestion is we need that level of structure where someone can make a decision and it can happen and that someone can be the final word in decisions. This is a very common business practice to have people who make the final decision at all levels of the process.
For the advisor aspect I love the idea. I just don’t think we are there. But it is something we can definitely consider.
For the team leads I don’t think we are ready for them day one. For clarification I will myself be running each of the teams to start. Over time I think it will become more clear who is a lead and how they operate. I personally would never want someone in a position of lead if they are a detriment to Glimesh and its image. That is where trusting the process will have to come in that those who are assigned lead positions are being put there because they are truly champions of the community and represent Glimesh well and fairly. I think as well that if there is a team of volunteers I am initially working with and the consensus of that group that individual X would be a good lead than they would be in a position for that running. The only thing adding a lead to a team would do is take my direct involvement out and I would then follow up with that team lead instead. For what its worth I think that a volunteer group could have multiple leads as long as they were someone we could trust with that role.
So hopefully my book can ease some concerns and explain a bit more of the motivation behind the leads. Please though I am open to feedback. Just want to paint this picture for you.