I gave one to a senior elected official this week. He read the first line and said, half-joking, “the servant of the group, not the boss?! That can’t be right. I always say, ‘Lead, follow, or get out of the way.’”
How about you, gentle reader? How do you like to run your meetings? Are you the servant of the group or the commanding officer?
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CHEAT SHEET FOR THE CHAIR
To run fair, efficient and democratic meetings:
- Control the meeting as servant of the group, not “boss.”
- Control who speaks by “recognizing” members.
- Discussion is not a conversation. Don’t allow anyone to speak a second time until all who wish have spoken.
- Help everyone focus on the meeting’s purpose by keeping discussion “germane” (relevant).
- Model and insist on courtesy and respect.
- Teach members to use “point of order” and to “appeal” your decisions.
- Listen to each person speaking as if there were no one else in the room.
- Keep an emotional connection with the members.
- When in doubt, ask the group! The group is the final authority.