Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review: Breaking Roberts Rules

Breaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get ResultsBreaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results by Lawrence E. Susskind

My rating: 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 this system for managing meetings is highly inappropriate for a group of eight volunteers working to plan a community event in 2014.  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 we should. Whatever the reason... Professor Susskind has a better way.  If you serve on any kind of board or committee, run to the nearest bookstore and pick this one up.  Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. 

My summary for this one is six pages long because it contains a four-page chart outlining the essential steps of consensus building. Download it for free with a quick click here.



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