Maximize your group’s ability to make good decisions


The nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC) will host the seminar “Effective Group Decision Making,” which is being presented for the first time in Hawaii by Randy Hirokawa, on July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hilo.

“Making its Hawaiian Islands debut, this popular full-day seminar reveals what your group can do to maximize its ability to make good decisions,” said KMC Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

“I cannot think of another seminar that currently provides the breadth and depth of information relevant to understanding why groups make good or bad decisions,” stated one past participant from Knoxville, Tenn. “There is enough diversity … to cater to the wide interests and needs of anyone who spends a lot of (wasted) time in groups.”

Participants explore what influences group decision making, how groups make “bad” decisions, and how meetings contribute to faulty group decision making. In addition, participants learn how to make effective decisions in one’s own group and six rules for running successful meetings.

Participants also have a chance to assess past group decision making experience and engage in a hands-on exercise in group decision making.

“This professional seminar is designed for anyone who works in groups or teams, whether in the public or private sector,” Mitchell noted. “This includes CEOs, executive directors, managers, and team leaders—plus business owners, boards of directors, associations, and more. All are welcome.”

Hirokawa is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He is known widely for his expertise in the area of small group communication and decision-making effectiveness. His scholarship has contributed to the development of a theory called the “functional perspective,” which has been identified as one of the three most influential theories of small group communication. Two of Hirokawa’s books are among the most widely-used advanced group communication textbooks at universities across the country and worldwide.

Tuition for the “Effective Group Decision Making” seminar is $125 and includes training materials, continental breakfast and lunch buffet. Group discounts are available. To register, contact Mitchell at 935-7844, ext. 116, or julie@hawaiimediation.org. The location will be announced later.

 

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