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The Art & Science of Being a Chair - Week-long Intensive

The Art & Science of Being a Chair - Week-long Intensive
Price: $ 895.00
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Date: September 27th to October 1st, 2021
Location: Online
Time: 10:30 am - Noon (ET)

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Want to Master the Art and Science of Being a Chair?

Did you know that the number 1 reason chairs fail is they have not mastered the ART of being a chair? The science is easy, the art is not!

It’s true! The main reasons Chairs struggle and fail are:

  • They are uncomfortable with dissent and difficult conversations
  • The don’t know to facilitate dialogue, build consensus, and reframe complex discussions
  • They don’t know how to relate and work with differing personality types
  • They don’t know the best techniques to accelerate change
  • They don’t know how to use the science of chairing in an artful way!

The good news is these skills can be learned!

This weeklong intensive virtual event is for board and committee chairs and directors who want to be more effective in the role of chair. Most boards and committees have largely succeeded in defining structure, charter, roles, and responsibilities, but culture and behaviour are at least as important to effective functioning.

In this online workshop will you be given an opportunity to practice new skills through interactive simulations and breakout groups. With instant feedback from your peers, a skilled facilitator, and experts in boardroom functioning, and you will leave with a greater sense of your capacity for this challenging and rewarding role.

You will:

  • Learn how to identify and work with different personality types and problem-solving preferences, including understanding and recognizing how each is motivated and inspired in different ways
  • Gain insight into the science of chairing meetings, including the timing of meeting leadership, from dealing with dissent to knowing when to call for the vote
  • Learn how to deal with under-performing board members
  • Avoid pitfalls in director peer evaluation and the performance evaluation of the CEO
  • Learn techniques for building consensus, resolving disputes, and leading change


  • Each of these daily sessions will be recorded. If you miss a day, you will be able to access the video for playback at your leisure. You will get access to an exclusive, private webpage where you can access each of the videos and find session materials, special governance tools, and free samples!
  • Dates: Sept 27th, Sept 28th, Sept 29th, and Oct 1st.


CANCELLATION POLICY: If you find it necessary to cancel your registration, we will issue a full refund minus a $100 administration fee for cancellations received in writing at least 30 business days prior to the event. The registration fee is non-refundable for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the event. In those cases, you may transfer your registration fee, once, to a future training course at no additional cost (for similarly priced seminars) or arrange for a substitute person to attend. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.  Governance Solutions reserves the right to cancel or reschedule and will give notice in advance. We are not responsible for penalties resulting from use of discount or other airfares.


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