Does this mean that we will always agree and not debate vigorously? NO!
Does it mean that on serious issues that affect our folks that we can compromise and reach agreement? I give it a good sound “upward maybe/hope so” going forward and I am much more optimistic than before. As I was leaving our last board meeting, I thought, “we did good work for the people today.” That’s a really good feeling!
I will always remember a lesson taught to me by an old sage many years ago. A successful meeting of any group must be open, confronting and trusting. Open by allowing all views to be shared, confronting by allowing strong debate and trusting where confrontation never becomes personal. None of this is possible without trust.
I look with a jaundiced eye when boards committee’s etc., are always in agreement and vote yes on everything. We used to label this in my world the “yeah boss syndrome;” a fast way out the door for the boss because you will never get the best input.