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 Board

The board

Bill Bland had just gotten a call from the nominating committee of the ABC board. There had been a recent crisis, when he had criticized the current board (and its chair, Frank). He told the board they were all wasting their time if they could not function more efficiently and effectively and serve the community through high-quality decisions. Now, they had taken his challenge; they had asked him to be the chair!

A board is a legally chartered, legally responsible, decision-making body. Its function is to make decisions. Its procedures, the processes it uses, and the skills it requires should all be oriented toward that function. Boards should be known for the decisions they make and should be able to make them after ...

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