Breaking Robert's Rules

Breaking Robert's Rules : The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results

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Every day in communities across America hundreds of committees, boards, church groups, and social clubs hold meetings where they spend their time engaged in shouting matches and acrimonious debate. Whether they are aware of it or not, the procedures that most such groups rely on to reach decisions were first laid out as Robert's Rules more than 150 years ago by an officer in the U.S. Army's Corps of Engineers. Its arcane rituals of parliamentary procedure and majority rule usually produce a victorious majority and a very dissatisfied minority that expects to raise its concerns, again, at the next possible meeting. Breaking Robert's Rules clearly spells out how any group can work together effectively. After briefly explaining the problems created by Robert's Rules, the guide outlines the five key steps toward consensus building, and addresses the specific problems that often get in the way of a group's progress. Appendices include a basic one page "Handy Guide" that can be distributed at meetings and a case study demonstrating how the ideas presented in the book can also be applied in a corporate context. Written in a non-technical and engaging style, and containing clear ideas and instructions that anyone can understand and use, this one-of-a-kind guide will prove an essential tool for any group desperate to find ways of making their meetings more effective. In addition, neighborhood associations, ad hoc committees, social clubs, and other informal groups lacking a clear hierarchy will find solid advice on how to move forward without resorting to "majority rules" or bickering over who will take leadership positions. Bound to become a classic, Breaking Robert's Rules will change the way you hold meetings forever, paving the way for efficiency, efficacy, and peaceful decision making.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 146 x 204 x 28mm | 399.17g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195308417
  • 9780195308419

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"This clear guide to non-hierarchal decision-making will be a boon for churches tryiing to find consensus in congregational affairs rather then the traditional solution of majority rule."- Phyllis Tickle, author of The NIght Offices "This book is revolutionary and hilarious. Revolutionary because the authors provide a new framework that will radically change the way organizations make decisions and resolve conflicts. Hilarious because it will remind the reader of every stupid or senseless meeting they've endured."-Warren Bennis, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader "Blessedly free of jargon andwritten in a brisk and positive style.... Can potentially make a real contribution to how people engage one another on difficult issues."-Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School "Well written, clear, authoritative and helpful.... This book should revolutionize meetings everywhere-making them more productive, accessible to participants, and facilitating human communication and cooperation.... No one should ever go to a meeting, of any kind, anywhere, again without a copy of Breaking Robert's Rules."-Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown School of Lawshow more

About Lawrence E. Susskind

Lawrence E. Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT and head of the Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law School. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, author of Dealing with an Angry Public: The Mutual Gains Approach to Resolving Disputes (with Patrick T. Field) and The Consensus Building Handbook (with Sarah McKearnan and Jennifer Thomas-Larmer), and an experienced mediator. Jeffrey L. Cruikshank is an experienced editor, the author of numerous of interest to managers, and published novelist. His first book collaboration with co-author Susskind was Breaking the Impasse, published in 1987.show more

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