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USEA Website - Update Regarding USEF Search for Eventing Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advi

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  • USEA Website - Update Regarding USEF Search for Eventing Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advi

    Link to story

    Interesting comment:
    Bobby Costello and Phillip Dutton withdrew their joint application for this position on Monday, March 28. Dutton, as Vice-Chair of the Eligible Eventing Athletes Committee, is now chairing this committee in Amy Tryon's absence.

    "We look forward to another round of interviews with Leslie and David at the Fork," said Dutton. "We want to ask them some more questions in an easier environment for those participating. We are also reviewing other applicants that were not short-listed by the Search Committee and are considering them as well."
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  • #2
    I've just been reading a Lewis Thomas essay On Committees. He thinks that human beings are coded to express individualism in groups, leading to competition not consensus. He describes a technique that was developed in the 1960s that he said had very good results for groups of people to arrive at mutually acceptable decisions. It's called Delphi.

    The latest invention for getting around [individuals in need of expressing selfness] is the Delphi technique. This was an invention of the 1960s, worked out by some RAND Corporation people dissatisfied with the way committees laid plans for the future. The method has a simple, almost silly sound. instead of having meetings, questionnaires are circulated to the members of a group, and each person writes his answers out and sends them back in silence. Then the answers are circulated to all members and they are asked to reconsider and fill out the questionnaire again, after paying attention to the other views. And so forth. Three cycles are usually enough. By that time as much of a consensus has been reached as can be reached, and the final answers are said to be significantly more reliable, and often more interesting, than first time around. In some versions, new questions can be introduced by the participants at the same time that they are providing answers.

    It is almost humiliating to be told that Delphi works, sometimes wonderfully well. One's first reaction is resentment at still another example of social manipulation, social science trickery, behavior control.

    But, then confronted by the considerable evidence that the technique really does work--at least for future-forecasting in industry and government--one is bound to to look for the possibly good things about it.

    Maybe, after all, this is a way of preserving the individual and all his seflness, and at the same time linking minds together so that a group can do collective figuring. The best of both worlds, in short.

    What Delphi is, is a really quiet, thoughtful conversation, in which everyone gets a chance to listen. The background noise of small talkd, and the recuurrent sonic booms of vanity, are eliminated at the outset, and there is time to think. There are no voices, and therefore no rising voices. . .
    From The Medusa and The Snail.

    I wonder if the people involved in the Chef search have heard of and thought about trying this. It might do wonders and help keep politics down.

    I was fascinated when I read this, and my first thought was of the chef selecting process.
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    • #3
      Oh Viney....

      Come on. That requires that the people involved in the search are a.) willing to let go of their egos and sense of grandness, and b.) are willing to let others in with equal weight and value.

      Have we seen any recent evidence of this???

      Oh besides choosing Leslie as an "equal" to David. (Or at least allowing him to appear as such and subconsciously pointing those voting towards David more b/c the natural thought arises.... "But he's not equal to David." Ahhh Bingo... got what they wanted!)

      "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


      • #4
        Also, now while Phillip is the chair of the Eligible Eventing Athletes Committee (since Amy is somehow unavailable), Bobby is the chair of the High Performance Committee...lol.
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        • #5
          Where's Amy?

          Does anyone know why Amy is unavailable?