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.

Positions and Roles for Effective Group Decision Making

Positions and Roles for Effective Group Decision Making
Positions and roles for effective group decision making

Decision-group meetings are like orchestra performances in that each member plays a specific role. Orchestras have a lot of rehearsal prior to performance; players have gone over their parts individually, in small groups (to play particularly difficult sections), and they have, of course, rehearsed with the conductor. Each of the musicians knows his or her position, as does the conductor.

Although the decision group does not perform a concert, it does perform the act of decision making. The chair of a decision group is like the conductor of an orchestra. The conductor has relinquished instrumental virtuosity in order to lead. The audience does not expect her to conduct for a while, ...

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