Effective Committees and Meetings Course (Sydney)

Effective Committees and Meetings Course

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For better or worse, committees are central to getting work done or ensuring that those delivering are accountable and responsible. Although committees are common whether it be for governance, project work, group problem-solving or staff meetings, very few are trained in the best process. Encouraging an equal distribution of members' participation to ensure their proficiency, support, creative problem solving are maximised to enable the committee to achieve its purpose. Relationships especially between the Chair, CEO and other members, group dynamics, conflict and power-play can undermine effective interactions and committee work rather than maximising the benefits that can come from the resolution of differences. Committees need to safeguard themselves against group think (Janis 1972). Conflict resolution strategies are important skills. How to reach decisions is important e.g. whether to rely on a majority vote or consensus, and impacts the outcomes of the committee and in turn, influences key stakeholders. Defining the purpose and time frames for accountability and responsibility are as important as the skills and experience that members bring to each meeting.

Learning Aims

  • Improve and assess a committee’s effectiveness and readiness to work well together.
  • Conduct meaningful meetings e.g. planning, decision making and protocols.
  • Effective chairing for influential outcomes e.g. conflict resolution strategies, creative thinking.
  • Improve minutes and action implementation.
  • Enhance group skills and working in various meeting, committee and board settings.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this committees and meetings course you should be able to:

  1. Understand what the most effective committee composition is (e.g. diversity including cognitive diversity, skill level, tenure etc).
  2. How to develop a ‘collaborative culture’ within the group and the role of leadership and membership working together in shaping this.
  3. Factors influencing committee effectiveness including group dynamics, formal procedures and structures that committees use or should use to impact their performance.
  4. How a chair of a committee can improve deliberations and decision making processes.
  5. How to prepare a new group to work as a committee by reflecting and assessing their readiness to work together.
  6. A framework on how to audit committees for effectiveness will be outlined and demonstrated. Guidelines for reflecting and analysing a committee’s readiness will be the focus.

Intended Audience

This effective committees and meetings course is relevant for committees and groups working together to get things done in all industry sectors including the profit and non-profit sector:

  • Committee chairs.
  • Facilitators.
  • Committee members.
  • Committee secretaries.

Delivery Style

Hands-on with discussion.

Course Prerequisites


Professor Brewer is the Dean, University of Newcastle, Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her research expertise is people at work including conflict, change, leadership, commitment, stress as well as gender. Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health administration, public policy, transport and logistics; banking and mining. She has led commercial facing entities including a start-up to success.


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