A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about “smelling a rat” – suspecting fraud or inappropriate behaviour of a person, especially (but not only) in voluntary organisations. Since then a number of people have spoken to me about their experiences and particularly why organisations don’t act when they become suspicious.
In every workplace, on virtually any day, there will be one, six, ten, a hundred meetings and every one will be “led” by someone. Whether that person sees themselves as “chairing” the meeting or not, the other people do.
Professional associations are interesting. Some run as highly efficient professional organisations. Some run as “clubs”. With most (but not all) associations facing declining membership and increased costs, the associations which operate using sound business principles will survive and others will struggle. How does your association stack up on this checklist?
A point of order is a tool, which is used to draw attention to a breach in rules, an irregularity in procedure, the irrelevance or continued repetition of a speaker or the breaching of established practices or contradiction of a previous decision.
Getting people together in a room is one thing; getting a result is another, writes Judy Barnsley. Have you heard the one about meetings? The best meetings are held standing up. It’s a throwaway line that hides a deeper truth; that for most managers and staff there are too many meetings. David Price, of Walk Tall International, is in the business of training people to run successful meetings and says most people feel this way.
If you walk into any organization and ask employees what they think of meetings at their company, you’re not likely to hear many rave reviews. It may come as a surprise to hear that most of the problems employees have with meetings can be solved with one piece of paper: an agenda.