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 Modern Decision Group

The modern decision group

Bill Walker and Travis Smith were talking after the monthly board meeting of Bootstrap, Inc., a local voluntary agency.

“I don't know why these meetings are so bad,” Bill said.

“Me either,” said Travis. “They go on and on, and everybody seems to want to put his oar in.”

“It's the same on a couple of other boards that I'm on,” Bill said. “They seem to be in trouble all the time.”

“Now that you mention it, it's the same at work too,” Travis added. “My weekly production meeting never gets anything done, but we always must have it, it seems.”

“Still,” Bill said, “we can't do it all ourselves.”

“You're right,” said Travis. “And with all the competition today, we have to engage ...

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