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Group Input

Some of the types of leadership discussed in the previous sections rely on group input. Many decisions in the workplace are made in groups—committees, taskforces, panels, and teams, for example.

MEMORANDUM


TO: Members of the Scheduling Committee

FROM: Kevin Fischman

SUBJECT: Committee Meetings


We will meet Tuesday at 9:00 A.M. in the large conference room

for a brainstorming session. The goal of the session will be to

generate ideas for resolving the scheduling problems and minimize

the need for overtime. All ideas are encouraged. No criticisms

of ideas will be permitted at this meeting. The ideas will

be recorded for later discussion and evaluation.

   On Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. we will meet again in the large

conference room. The goals for Wednesday's meeting are (a) to

evaluate the ideas from the previous day, and (b) to try to

reach consensus about the best way to solve the scheduling problems.

During this consensus-building meeting, we encourage all

evaluative comments. Please do not keep silent if you do not

agree with what is being said. We need your input, and this type

of groupthink is an obstacle to putting everyone's experience

and knowledge to work on the issue.

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