Sweeping statements and how to avoid them

I’m currently reading The Art of Logic by Eugenia Cheng (and thoroughly enjoying by the way). In a chapter titled ‘How to be Right’ she deals with the topic of sweeping statements. She points to the fact that, while statements like ‘you never do the washing up‘, are not meant literally most of the time, …

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The seven ingredients of constructive governance conversations

This is a follow up to my previous post From Q&As to constructive conversations. If we want governance conversations to be more constructive then it’s helpful to look at what the professional conversation experts, in other words the facilitators, coaches, mediators, therapists, supervisors and counsellors, are doing. Of course, the exchanges you’re having in your …

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How to make virtual committee meetings more viewer friendly?

Now that local councils are getting the hang of virtual meetings, it’s time think more about viewer experience to take advantage of the increased numbers tuning in. As councils are already demonstrating, there has never been a better time to experiment. During lockdown local councils have been conducting their meetings virtually and, while this has been …

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Sponsor a scrutiny officers zoom meetup

We are looking for sponsors in addition to our main supporter, the Centre for Public Scrutiny. Have a look below and see if it’s right for your organisation. What are scrutiny zoom meetups? During the lockdown Dave Mckenna and Matt Clack have been running some scrutiny zoom meetups. These are a free, informal opportunity to network …

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From Q&As to Constructive Conversations

The question and answer session, or Q&A, can be productive and helpful for ‘finding things out’ and for getting things ‘on the record’. However, if boards and committees want to move to the next level, then what’s needed is constructive conversations. The normal mode of engagement between independent (non-executive) members and the executive in the …

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