Articles by Marcia Pinskier
Marcia Pinskier brings her personal sense of values and integrity to her work within the Not for profit sector. She is a consultant with expertise in governance, leadership, board development and policy production. For a number of years Marcia was a guest lecturer on the subject of Governance in the Not for profit Sector at Monash University. She has served on numerous boards, including at state and national levels, commonly chairing governance committees. Currently, Marcia is a director of the Jewish Museum of Australia and a member of the John Curtin Research Centre, Advisory Committee. With a detailed knowledge of the multicultural community, Marcia was appointed for two terms as a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Among her other roles, she has served as liaison to the Victoria Police Multicultural Advisory Unit, President of Caulfield Junior College, as a member of the Victorian Mental Health Reform Council, Vice-President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) as well as a director on their National board. She has spent numerous years contributing to the volunteer sector in areas of welfare, faith and ethnic diversity, women’s issues, mental health, disability, the aged and education. Marcia has also worked as the Australian executive director of a major international philanthropic organisation and presented in this role at an international conference. In early 2017, Marcia became engaged with the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She prepared a number of submissions on governance for the Royal Commission and became an advocate for survivors of abuse and a keen observer of impacted organisational and community leadership practices. Marcia has written widely and spoken across Australia as an outcome of her experiences with the work of the Commission. In 2018, Marcia was the editor of GESHER, the annual journal of the Council of Christian and Jews (Victoria), on the theme of Politics and Religion. Marcia is currently a teaching associate at Monash University where she is preparing to undertake a PhD on the Royal Commission, on the theme of governance. Marcia has received a range of awards and acknowledgements in the areas of governance, leadership, capacity building and for her volunteer contributions to community organisations over many years. Marcia is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a nationally accredited mediator and holds a Master’s Degree in Communal Service and Leadership.
The Collective Voice – A Crucial Leadership Element
Numerous professional development resources dispense advice with the presumption that directors will approach objectives with a shared attitude and intent, that the board will reach a consensual decision and speak with a collective voice. The reality is that often this is far from the case. Resolution can be difficult and that collective voice may be impossible to achieve. While healthy dissent can be a sign of an effective board, differences – habitually ill-managed – are obvious drivers that can lead to substantive leadership and organisational damage.