“The outcomes of shared governance processes, such as recommendations, must be respected. Leaders who go against the recommendations of committees are exercising the nuclear option and do so at their peril.”

I would like to add that I agree very strongly with this assertion. I think there must be some measure of accountability in Shared Governance if individuals are to be expected to invest themselves emotionally in the process. It’s unreasonable to ask members of the community to dedicate themselves to a year’s worth of service on a committee, only to discover (directly or indirectly) that the recommendations they’ve developed have been ignored. I realize that there may be times when a recommendation cannot be followed. However, if recommendations and input are only followed when it’s convenient, Shared “Governance” is a misnomer.