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.

Recruiting of Meeting Participants

Recruiting of meeting participants

Francine Smith, head of the AIDS Hotline, was talking with one of the staff members. “I don't know,” said Francine, “how to make our monthly staff meetings more appealing. I have invited our staff and the staffs from community mental health, the visiting nurses association, the local hospitals, and others who need to be informed about AIDS Hotline activities. But sometimes they come, and sometimes they don't.”

Jessica Namport, a staffer, had long been concerned about these meetings. It seemed everyone and their sister, brother, and parents were on the invitation list. She had to get the list out and make the preparations. They always planned for 45 people, but only eight or nine came. She was frustrated. “I ...

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