Is strife an Aussie word? If it isn't, it is still a pretty good word.
As a very active member of the body corporate committee of our building, I am prepared to be criticised. But I have now been on the receipt of some downright nastiness.
There are two types of bodies corporate. One is where there is a secretary who handles day to day stuff and is probably a boss in a a way. The other is our style where all decisions are totally consensual. But I would say invariably in this type there is a boss anyway.
This boss likes to have total control, is a good speaker and persuader. When in charm mode, he is excellent. Challenge him, and you are in trouble.
Not that I did. I like to get along with people and reach agreements on stuff.
But at this moment, I feel like getting out of it and handing it over to my partner, (from here on referred to as R.) While he might not get things going like I do, I think he is much better at meetings and making a wise and considered comment at an appropriate moment.
Our AGM is in May where I can renominate as a committee member and I have some serious thinking to do about the whole thing before then. Do I leave the committe and let this person win? I have contributed a lot already and will continue to do so if I stay. Should I let R do all the meeting stuff and I just assist him as seems appropriate? Should I continue as I do now and try to deal with the friction? I am really not sure I am up for it. Other committee members would be disappointed, I think, if I did not renominate.
My own credo that I worked out shortly after I joined the committee, was that I will always do what is best for the building and the residents and always act openly. While I may have my faults and may not always get everything right, I believe I have followed the above.
Bodies corporate are certainly very hard political things. We learnt that many years ago. Pity we forgot.
R always said it will end in tears. Perhaps is has.