CA Board Values
Represent constituent interests assertively and make decisions based on the welfare of the entire community.
Recognize diverse perspectives,
such as ethnicity, age, economic circumstances,
differing village life cycles, and varying tenures
of Columbia residents.
Once all constituent perspectives
are established and acknowledged, weigh them
in relation to the perspective of the entire community.
Engage in open discussions that encourage and respect differing positions.
When differing with someone's
position, first acknowledge it by summarizing
his or her point of view. (Or, ask for such
a summary if someone differs with you. "Did you
understand my intention? What was it?")
Strive for consensus, but agree to disagree based on the merits.
Argue to seek a better understanding, not to win the argument. Use inquiry to probe positions with which you may not agree. Call the question after points have been established.
Speak as a Board through unified messages that present both majority and minority positions.
If consensus cannot be reached, end the discussions by summarizing both sides to their mutual satisfaction.
When speaking outside of Board meetings, identify whose opinion you're discussing (your own or the Board's).
Cultivate trust by showing respect for others, by accepting responsibility for your role in the process.
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