What is a "process observer"?

A “process observer” is a position that some boards and committees choose to appoint. This individual’s responsibility is exactly what the title suggests – to observe the process. Throughout the meeting, the process observer takes note of things that are …

Good Meetings Don’t Just Happen

A focus on three components:  preparation, the agenda, the meeting

I.  Preparation:  a sample of what should happen before most meetings. 

  • Reserve the room
  • Send out the agenda to remind participants of the meeting and what is planned
  • Identify who

Understanding Consensus

There are six decision-making options:  spontaneous agreement, one person decides, compromise, multi-voting, majority voting, and consensus building.   In meetings, we know that the facilitator, group leader or the group needs to choose the most appropriate method before any decision that …