Boardroom and church – how much difference?

By Ann Macfarlane / December 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Boardroom and church – how much difference?
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David Rumsey, past president of the American Translators Association, offers thoughts for the holiday season in this guest post. 

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Put away your cell phone on the dais

By Ann Macfarlane / December 7, 2018 /
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Jurassic Parliament strongly recommends that local governments establish a policy requiring elected officials to put away their cell phones while on the dais.

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Make better decisions using Exploratory Round Robin

By Ann Macfarlane / November 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Make better decisions using Exploratory Round Robin

You can make better decisions about complicated proposals by using the Exploratory Round Robin.

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Expectations are planned resentments

By Ann Macfarlane / November 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Expectations are planned resentments

Guest post by Craig Freshley. We have been big fans of Craig’s wisdom for years and are honored to share this guest post with our readers. Visit Craig’s website for more superb tips on meetings and leadership.

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We need to be brutally honest as Election Day approaches

By Ann Macfarlane / November 2, 2018 / Comments Off on We need to be brutally honest as Election Day approaches

My friend Donna Cameron writes, “We need to be brutally honest with ourselves.

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Beware of negativity bias

By Ann Macfarlane / August 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Beware of negativity bias

Human beings have a sharp and useful instinct for the negative.

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Use Board Action Request form to make better decisions for your nonprofit

By Ann Macfarlane / September 29, 2017 /

When I was serving in the U.S. Department of State, I sometimes felt in danger of becoming too wrapped up in bureaucratic machinations. There were so many angles to foreign policy, and so many different folks were involved!

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Be a crouching tiger at meetings

By Ann Macfarlane / July 13, 2017 /

As I watch meetings roll along, the good, the bad and the ugly, I often wish that chairs would observe the habits of the crouching tiger. This Sumatran beauty is lying on the rock, perfectly calm, alert and at ease – but ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. If you are chairing a meeting,…

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How well do you walk this meeting tightrope?

By Ann Macfarlane / March 8, 2017 /

Chairing a meeting requires two skills that are not easy to combine. The presider has to control the meeting, which requires strength. At the same time, he has to remain emotionally connected to the members, which requires warmth. Put too much strength into your voice, and you come across as cold and uncaring. Put too…

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“Ann, nobody wants your job”

By Ann Macfarlane / November 28, 2016 / Comments Off on “Ann, nobody wants your job”
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Arnold Palmer passed away in October. I was interested to read in one obituary that he hated his nickname, “King of Golf.” He was quoted as saying, “There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on earth. It punishes and exalts us all with splendid…

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