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.

Preparations for Effective Decision Making

Preparations for effective decision making

The society was set up with private and public funds to plan small concerts for homebound and institutionalized populations and to arrange for those who could not get out to attend musical performances. It was also tasked with helping those who needed music lessons but could not afford them.

The board of the Musical Therapy Society should have begun its meeting at 8:00 p.m. At 8:30, the president had not yet arrived. Bea Sharpe, a longtime member, was furious. Suddenly, the door flew open and the president bolted in, followed by a Minicam from the local television station. The president was in a state of panic. He turned to the group and said, “The television people say ...

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