First published in 1963, Edgar Anstey’s work gives a detailed account on the inner workings of the committee. Within a committee, different interests nearly always need to be represented when a decision must be taken, and contributions are required from people of different outlook or expert knowledge. A committee is often the only means of achieving a workable solution to a problem. This book attempts to analyse the functioning of different kinds of committee groups and to bring out the factors which make for efficiency and inefficiency. Types of committee and their purpose are discussed, as well as how to lead a discussion to bring out a genuine group view, the roles of chairman and secretary, how individuals influence committee decisions, good and bad tactics, and how to deal with difficult members.
1. Scope of the Book
2. The Committee System
3. Composition of the Committees
4. Committee Methods
5. Training in Committee Work
6. Role of the Chairman
7. Advice to a New Member
8. Influencing Other People
9. The Secretary’s Duties
10. Minutes and Reports
11. Summary of Factors Making for the Success or Failure of a Committee
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