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.

Evaluating Decisions

Evaluating decisions

Jim and Fred continued their conversation about their staff decision-making approach. “You know,” Fred said, “since Jack has been using some of those decision-guidance procedures, things have gotten better.”

“Yeah,” said Jim, “but I am still unhappy. We are making decisions, but I see a couple problems still. One is about their quality. Are they really any good? And the second is implementation. How would we know? Even when we make a good—or even great—decision, we fail at making it happen.”

“I agree completely,” said Fred.

Since decisions are really the product of the decision group, their quality should be evaluated periodically. Very few organizations do this. As discussed previously, that is one reason why organizations seem condemned to repeat rotten practices over and over. ...

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