Representative Advisory Councils

Council FBE works on its mission, vision and priorities

6 Dec 2020 18:20 | Representative Advisory Councils

The representative advisory council Business and Economics followed a training course at the beginning of October, led by training and consultancy agency TAQT. In addition, the council worked on the mission, vision and priorities during a team afternoon to provide better direction and structure.

To be able to meet and hold discussions in a council meeting, efficiency is very important. During formal meetings with directors, there is often limited time to consult. If you want to get something done together, commitments are crucial. A commitment is a direct promise to do something, it must always be concrete and time-bound to avoid ambiguity. Many directors often feel at ease in this “zone” of uncertainty, also known as the vagueness zone. The vagueness zone is a zone where a board does not say "yes" or "no" but often lingers by naming general shared interests. There are various ways for a council to get out or stay out of the vagueness zone, for example by having clear objectives in advance and by asking and paraphrasing during the consultation. Ultimately, staying out of this vagueness zone ensures that management can be better and more transparent, possibly in co-creation with the council.

The BOB model is a way to deliberately meet and thus arrive at well-supported decisions together. The BOB model stands for a sequence of topics, starting with Imaging, then Judgment and finally Decision-making. By working with the BOB model, the expectations of council members are clear and it is also possible to work in a targeted manner during committee meetings.

During the team afternoon in early November, our mission, vision and priorities were central, these are fundamental to give structure and direction to our work for now and the near future. Our mission is: The council monitors and contributes to the quality of education, through good solicited and unsolicited input, so that the interests of staff and students are optimally served. In addition, we have developed various priorities, such as the workload for students and employees, and the stimulation of a learning organizational culture. The priorities are divided among the committees where they can be dealt with concrete measurable goals via the BOB model.