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.

Roles in Meetings

Roles in meetings

Jim Zingerman was feeling great as he left the staff meeting. What would they do without him? Once again, he had nailed a stupid idea that one of the other staffers had brought up. It was a new idea and had not been really thought through. He had pointed out several obvious flaws and said to the group, “Well, as the devil's advocate, it's my job.”

Sylvia had been upset, however, and others did not seem that happy either. He was ruminating on these things in the men's room when George walked in.

“Hi,” said Jim, his voice resonating with self-congratulation.

“’Lo,” George replied.

“Something wrong?” Jim asked.

“No,” George replied, “except that I am going to have to spend a lot of time with ...

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