Breaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results
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...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 08, 2012 Cathy Allen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Robert's Rules probably helped large deliberative bodies make decisions together back in the 19th Century when they were developed, but they are highly inappropriate for a group of 8 volunteers working to plan a community event in 2012. So why does nearly every non-profit organization embed a reference to Robert's Rules in their bylaws? Habit. Not knowing how else to do it. Somebody in the group liked how another group's structure worked and they attribute it to Robert's Rules. The lawyer said w...more
A great primer on consensus and the Consensus Building Approach (CBA). Provides an easy to follow and understand system for moving your group from majority rules to consensus decision-making that can be used anywhere from a corporate board room to your local PTA. I read this in preparation to facilitate my local Co-Op's annual general meeting and I am looking forward to seeing it in action.