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.

The Executive/CEO

The executive/ceo

Sally Smith-Wesson and Bea Sharpe were talking about Sally's new job. She had replaced Peter Pound as executive director of the Community Foundation. Peter had been fired. There was talk that he had been too directive, or bossy, and really did not like to work with the board; in fact, many trustees felt his attitude was that they worked for him. Bea had been an executive for many years and was experienced in working with her board and with the staff members of her agency. In addition, Bea had some experience as chair of the Music Therapy Association. Bea was telling Sally something about the executive position in working with a board.

“What's important,” said Bea, “is to change a little bit from ...

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