Podcast 014 – Dirk Milliman – Importance of Board’s “Owning the Problem”

Podcast 014 – Dirk Milliman – Importance of Board’s “Owning the Problem”

By on Feb 16, 2015 in Accountability, Associations, Board Leadership, Board of Directors, Board President, Disruption, Navigator, Podcast, Purposeful Disruption, Reinvention, Simplify | 0 comments

Get a behind the scenes look at why one association decided it was time to reinvent and how they made it work. This week’s guest:   Dirk Milliman, Owner of Milliman Communications and member of the Michigan Press Association Board of Directors Co-hosts: Mike Bills, owner and CEO of MB Strategies, and PureReinvention founding member Misty Elliott.

 

Photo from Jan 2015 Photo Stream copy

 

 

DIG IN

Near the beginning of the interview, around the 2:30 mark, Dirk describes how the composition of many boards today have shifted from a group of owners to a group of employees and why that changes the direction of the board.

At 6:50 Dirk explains what disrupted Michigan Press Association and made the board recognize it was time to change course.

QUOTE IT

“{Board meetings] turn into a lot of brainstorming. Lots of good ideas. “Let’s do this, let’s do this.” They key is – who is the ‘let’s’?” (3:00)

“We certainly can’t do it the way we’ve been doing it. So let’s figure out a better way to do it.” (8:40)

“You can’t cut yourself to health. You have to grow.” (18:50)

“I think sometimes in our quest to solve problems we put too complicated a solution in place.” (25:49)

Main Take-Aways:

1 – “Purposeful” disruption – Disruption with ownership is vital in the reinvention process.

2 – Ownership changes the way a person makes decisions that affect the organization.

3 – Successful teams push each other and ask meaningful questions and view the problem from an owner’s perspective.

4 – We have to work hard to simplify every aspect of the process.

5 – The role of a third party navigator is very important to bring stakeholders together and to help the owners approach the problem from a different angle.

 

Next episode: February 23, 2015 – Mike Bills and Misty Elliott discuss the third pillar of PureReinvention – Simplify.

Produced by: Will Carlson, WillPower Consulting (www.williamrcarlson.com)

 

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