duties of chair

When the chair is a bully or out of line

By Ann Macfarlane / June 28, 2016 / Comments Off on When the chair is a bully or out of line

What can you do when the chair is a bully, or out of line? Unfortunately, sometimes the chair lets their position go to their head. We outlined some basic principles about bullying in this post, “Do you have a bully on board?” If you are burdened with a chair who bullies or intimidates others, we suggest…

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How to call the vote at meetings

By Ann Macfarlane / May 30, 2016 /

Updated November 19, 2022 It’s interesting to see the many different ways people can call the vote at meetings. This is what Jurassic Parliament recommends: Call for those in favor:  All those in favor, say “aye.” [pause] Call for those against:  All those opposed, say “no.” [pause] Announce the result:  The “ayes” have it, the…

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Keep the chair in line using appeal

By Ann Macfarlane / February 22, 2016 /
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Updated July 22, 2021 The “motion to appeal” is one of the least-known motions in Robert’s Rules of Order, and the most powerful. All of us are very familiar with the role of the chair of the meeting. Under Robert’s Rules of Order, the chair has the duty of keeping things on track. The chair…

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How to be the right kind of dictator

By Ann Macfarlane / May 4, 2015 / Comments Off on How to be the right kind of dictator
painting of Napoleon

It sometimes comes as a shock to newly elected leaders that running good meetings requires being a dictator. It is essential for the chair of a meeting to enforce the rules that the group has decided upon for fair discussion. If your board has adopted an agenda that allows 20 minutes for a given topic,…

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