It gives you practical, specific, easy-to-use steps you can take to
– identify and work within your organization’s meeting culture, modifying it if needed,
– design agendas that stimulate creativity and focus discussion,
– conduct meetings that encourage full participation and collaboration,
– help shape decisions so they are clear and lead to effective action,
– deal with unhelpful meeting habits and difficult behaviors,
– record policy decisions so that they are readily available for reference in the future.
Bruce Partridge speaks directly to the person who will chair board or committee meetings on a monthly or weekly basis for community organizations, religious congregations, housing co-operatives, service groups and political associations. His book can also be used for work-group meetings in business and other professional settings. And since the basic principles are similar across types and sizes of meetings, it offers guidance for planning and conducting Annual General Meetings and other large-group meetings.
Bruce Partridge is a survivor – a survivor of several thousand meetings!
Like many people who will pick up this book, Bruce has found meetings to be a vital part of his professional work life, and also of his life as a community volunteer.
During his first career he served at different times in several large Canadian and American universities in various administrative positions, including vice-president for finance and administration, executive vice president and president.
In his second career he was a corporate lawyer and then managing director of a large law firm’s office in Hong Kong. In all of these positions his working day usually included at least two or three meetings with groups of all sizes, ranging from a handful of participants to an auditorium full of individuals each passionately arguing for some particular point.
Throughout these years, he also chaired or attended many meetings for various volunteer, charitable, homeowner, and religious organizations. All of them thrived on, or suffered from, how well these meetings were planned and carried out.
Some meetings were dynamic, effective and efficient. Regrettably, many of them (including a few he admits to having chaired himself early in his careers) were time-consuming, tedious, and relatively unproductive.
In this book Bruce shares what he has learned in his many years of varied experience. Using it, you can learn to plan and conduct meetings that are democratically managed , effective, and yes, enjoyable for you and for all of the participants.
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