Event Profile

A How-To Series on Board Meetings: Dealing with a Difficult Chair or Member

August 10, 2021

Who Should Attend:

Any utility employee or board member who is involved with board meetings, board procedures, or taking and maintaining board meeting minutes.

Related Event(s):

A How-To Series on Board Meetings, July 20 - August 24, 2021

Introduction to Robert's Rules, July 20, 2021

Guide Your Board to Better Decisions, July 27, 2021

Get What You Want Using Motions, August 3, 2021

Meeting Minutes in Robert's Rules, August 17, 2021

Advanced Motions Practice and Test Your Skills, August 24, 2021

Webinar Overview:

Elected chairs sometimes assume that they are the “decider” and can direct the course of board meetings as they choose. What can members do when a chair has this misunderstanding? What if it’s a board member who lacks the spirit of cooperation and compromise? How can a board function if one member is an outlier or contrarian? Robert’s Rules has answers for you! We will explore the framework for board meetings, who is in charge of what, and how to ensure that the majority rules. This webinar combines essential procedural guidelines with psychological insight to help you manage your meetings in the face of dysfunction.

Learning Outcomes:

    1. Describe how group authority is more significant than any one individual, even the chair
    2. Take the right steps when a chair oversteps his or her authority
    3. Be able to sanction a board member whose actions are harmful to the board
    4. Apply the motions Point of Order and Appeal

Webinar Recordings:

Webinar recordings can be made available to registrants who are unable to attend live.

Webinar Instructor:

Ann Macfarlane, Jurassic Parliament

Webinar Schedule:

The webinar will be held on August 10 at 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Attendees will be admitted 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

How to Participate:

Instructions will be emailed to attendees within 12 hours of the webinar and we recommend that you test the link to the meeting as soon as you get the instructions. The webinar is best viewed using Chrome as your browser. We recommend that you use a landline for both your phone and your internet connections.

Webinar Fees:

Utility Member Rate: $110
Associate Member Rate: $165
Non-Member Rate: $330

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events, the following fee structure applies: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 1.5 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.