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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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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The Scrutiny Planning Canvas

The scrutiny planning canvas is something that I invite people to work on in groups during courses.  I think it  could also be useful for scrutineers more generally as part of their practice. I’ve had good feedback from those who have used it, so I thought I would share in case you might find it …

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What does a good scrutiny work plan look like?

What makes for a wonderful scrutiny work plan? It’s that time of year when scrutiny committees are forming their work plans. While everyone has their own way of doing this I thought it would be helpful to share what I think are the seven characteristics of the most effective ones. Seven characteristics of a good scrutiny work …

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Promoting public participation: Seven scrutiny power-ups

Participation is one of the seven scrutiny super powers because scrutiny can act as a doorway for the public to get involved in council business. Scrutiny is flexible, one step removed from the decision makers and, through scrutiny councillors, already well connected to the public. If you are thinking about improving how scrutiny involves the …

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