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 Staffer

The staffer

Franklin was a little apprehensive about his upcoming meeting with Sol. He was not sure why, though—just that Sol had seemed upset. Franklin sensed this when Sol had called to ask him if they could debrief the recent allocations committee meeting that Franklin had staffed. He was new at this staffing stuff, but it was going great. Why, he had even joined in a vote that resulted in a tie; now, there was another meeting. Franklin wondered if that was what was on Sol's mind. Perhaps he should have read some of the material that Sol had given him.

In decision-group and board life it is vital to understand the positions of the staff person and the executive person. A staff person is ...

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