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.

Templates for Action: Agendas, Minutes, and Reports

Templates for action: Agendas, minutes, and reports

Hank left his fourth meeting of the day—this one for the Homeless Coordinating and Planning Council—feeling foul. As a local mental health executive, he had to attend more meetings, participate in more decision groups, and sit on more boards than anyone he knew. And the damn meetings were so unproductive. This last one in particular made his blood boil. No one had prepared anything, and everyone threw out different topics, problems, and solutions.

No one, it seemed, had taken the time to put things together. He had asked for an agenda. The chair responded, “Good. That's the first item, the agenda.”

At that point, Hank said, “Look, you folks. If you can't be better ...

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