Tough Decision? – Sleep on it.

Tough Decision? – Sleep on it.

  When you receive the information package for an upcoming meeting, you will likely have a good idea on how you will vote on any motions. But what happens when the meeting starts and someone else’s perspective causes you to question your initial opinion? To keep...

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LORROS and Open Meeting Acts

LORROS and Open Meeting Acts

HOA board meetings must be “open and public“ – actions may not be secret.
The HOA Brown Act is the Open Meeting Act, which now is extensively detailed regarding association meetings. The apparent aim of the act is valuable – to make the governance of associations more open and accessible to members.

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Who makes the decisions in your meetings?

Who makes the decisions in your meetings?

How many meetings have you been to where one or two participants have virtually dominated the discussion (and got their way) simply by talking all the time and/or talking over other participants.  These other participants often have useful input but time does not...

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The Long and Short of Meeting Agendas

The Long and Short of Meeting Agendas

photo credit: Nick Youngson There is much debate about how many items should be included in a meeting agenda and, as you might suspect, there is no one clear answer. It all depends. It depends on, among other things, the type of group, the nature of the items on the...

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Key People Not Able to Make Your Meeting?

Key People Not Able to Make Your Meeting?

Not usually a problem with LORROS.  LORROS online meetings are usually scheduled for longer periods of time (eg. a few days).  This significantly increases the opportunity for all members to find a place or places in their busy schedules to participate in the...

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What is an Asynchronous Meeting?

What is an Asynchronous Meeting?

When we think of meetings we think of people sitting around a table (web conference, etc.) at the same time. The Chair controls who can speak and only one person can speak at a time. This would be a Synchronous Meeting. If synchronous means that everyone needs to be...

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A case for improved meetings

A case for improved meetings

    I recently read an article by Don Keelan for the Bennington Banner titled “A case for improved meetings” and he touched on many of the frustrations that led to the development of LORROS. “I found many meetings to be boring and not too productive” - Don...

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Meetings Don’t Lead to Anything

Meetings Don’t Lead to Anything

“When there is ambiguity about next steps or who should take them, nothing gets done. If an item requiring action was not clearly stated as a task and given an owner, no one is going to do it. If it’s seen as something that’s optional, no one is going to do it. Period.”

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