Are you tired of hearing everyone complain about “unproductive meetings”? Susan Leahy is one of the few women I’ve seen who truly understands the problem -- which is that most people today haven’t a clue how to run a meeting effectively. Ms. Leahy offers unusual insight, advice, and products/services focused on the issue of using Robert’s Rules of Order as an organizing tool to build more effective teams. See her web site at: http://www.susanleahy.com/
A very interesting part of her presentation is recognizing the difference between “a group” vs. “a team” -- the former is people who just come together “like Topsy,” while the latter comes together with purpose, goals, ownership, and responsibilities. These are tough lessons women entrepreneurs absolutely must learn.
A second strength from Susan Leahy is the power of effective and confident public speaking. Most people dread public speaking more than they fear death. Clearly, anyone with some competence in the area of standing up, organizing your thoughts, and delivering them persuasively has a significant and powerful edge over the hoards of people who sit, cowering in the corner.
But, my hat’s off to Ms. Leahy for her focus on Parliamentary Procedures: the seven fundamental motions and how to use them to keep meetings moving along toward results. Most people are petrified about making a motion because they have never been taught the where’s and why’s of Parliamentary Procedures.
Few people realize that the backbone of Parliamentary Procedures, Robert’s Rules of Order, has been around since 1876, originally under the title, Pocket Manual of Rules of Order of Deliberative Assemblies. General Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. When he was asked to preside over a public meeting in his community church, he realized that he did not know how to do that. As he traveled around the
, he discovered “virtual parliamentary anarchy” and decided to write his “Pocket Manual” in an effort to bring order out of chaos. Currently in its 11th edition, the classic is now supported by the Robert's Rules Association, made up of descendants of Gen. Henry Robert. U.S.
Susan Leahy is helping us find our way out of “virtual parliamentary anarchy” and “meeting anarchy” by once again teaching us how to simplify our deliberations and decision-making in our public and private assemblies.