The post by a current board member in General Skydiving discussing the USPA solo challenge, as well as some offline discussions I've had with other current board members prompted me to sit down and really start to think about the relationship between the USPA Board and its members.
I wrote a long blog entry on the topic, and it includes links to some reading I did into how other membership associations manage the relationship between their elected representatives (board) and hired executives. Rather than repost the whole thing here I'll encourage you to read it and click on some of the linked articles - there's some interesting ideas out there - and it made me wonder whether there's room for change in USPA's governance structure to bring in best practices from other associations.
I'm making this post to get input from members and board candidates - what do *you* think the board/staff relationship should look like? How should they communicate? When should the Executive Director/Staff make decisions on their own and when should they seek board input? (Before responding, I'd also encourage everyone to read section 1.2.6 of the Governance Manual for the stated responsibilities of Administrative Staff).