Committees That Work: Common Traps, Creative Solutions - A Guidebook For Leaders And Team Members

Rasmussen, C.; Hinz, L.

Rasmussen, Catherine, and Hinz, Lisa

Getting work done in committees and in committee meetings is a critical dimension of civic life. This 90-page guide is for local leaders, educators, community development professionals, or anyone who wants to build the capacity of local groups. The guide identifies "traps" that can stall committee work and offers solutions for avoiding or getting out of those situations. Traps explored include getting stuck in conflict, letting private interests influence public decisions, filling seats with the "usual suspects,", and more.

In this refreshed second edition, we've added content that responds to recent trends, experiences, challenges, and demographics.

Readers will find:

  • 1) A new "trap" with suggested solutions for online meetings
  • 2) Strategies to lead groups with culturally diverse membership
  • 3) Additional tools and processes for group decision making and consensus building
  • 4) More activities and reproducible worksheets

This easy-to-read resource includes worksheets, exercises, and activities your group can do to improve performance and productivity.


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