Monday, April 5, 2010

Does every ship need a captain?

So something I've been thinking about during our first year at the RSJ Chicago is whether a team can function effectively without a captain. From what I understand, all the Moishe Houses function as teams comprised of equal-standing members that together make decisions. This is how we've been functioning for the past 9 months. And we have been successful, very successful as a matter of fact, but nevertheless, there have been many times when we've spent too much time making a decision because all of us had different opinions. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that in any organization, there has to be a person that is responsible for making the final decision whether the rest of the team members agree or not. That way, the issue is discussed, the feedback and opinions are shared and heart, but in the end the decision is made no matter what and the person responsible for that decision can rule that the discussion has gone long enough and it is time to end it. Yes, it means that one person has more authority than the others, but it also means that things are done quicker and more efficiently. Now, I'm not sure what is the best way to go about it. Maybe, that person can be chosen every quarter or even every month, but in my opinion that is the most effective way for a team to function. Any feedback is appreciated.

-Rostik, RSJ Chicago

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