Lauded for its accessible format and humorous writing style, Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making, offers practical strategies for running effective meetings by highlighting the processes involved in decision making and the ways individuals contribute to making better quality decisions as a group.
The Third Edition of this brief text begins with guidelines for effective decision making, then covers topics that include member recruitment, meeting preparation, agenda building, and the positions and roles required for effective meeting outcomes. Subsequent chapters deal with electronic meeting formats, the chair and participants, and the various types of meeting groups such as boards, advisory groups, and staff groups.
Author John E. Tropman teaches at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and the Executive Education Programs. Dr. Tropman also works with for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities in a consultative capacity.
Part I: Rules for Effective Group Decision Making
- Chapter 2: Recruiting of Meeting Participants
- Chapter 3: Preparations for Effective Decision Making
- Chapter 4: Templates for Action: Agendas, Minutes, and Reports
- Chapter 5: Achieving an Effective Meeting: Mechanics of Decision-Group Process
Part II: Positions and Roles for Effective Group Decision Making
- Chapter 6: The Chair
- Chapter 7: The Member
- Chapter 8: The Staffer
- Chapter 9: The Executive/CEO
- Chapter 10: Roles in Meetings
Part III: Different Kinds of Decision Groups
Part IV: Decision Management and Decision Building: Achieving High-Quality Decisions