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In Together We Decide: An Essential Guide for Making Good Group Decisions, author Craig Freshley writes that “collaborative decision making is a skill that can be successfully learned and practiced.” Freshley owns a company called Good Group Decisions and has facilitated more than 3,000 meetings or training sessions. He believes that collaboration, instead of competition, is the way to go while making decisions as a group. The book is divided into four parts: The Basics, Attitudes, Practices, and Even When We Disagree. There are numerous examples of real-life situations where decisions were made, along with several charts and graphs that help explain important points. Freshley divides his chapters into subheads and uses indenting, boxes, and pull quotes for easier reading. The book concludes with a chapter about the satisfaction and fulfillment to be gained by joining a group, no matter what that group may be, followed by an extensive index.
I serve in leadership positions in several organizations, and I found Together We Decide invaluable. I know I will approach decision-making in a different way after reading it. I liked author Craig Freshley’s emphasis on what was good for the group, not individuals within the group. He also emphasizes that the group as a whole is going to be better at making decisions than any one individual. The author helps people think outside the normal group decision-making process with his simple, yet profound principles. The book is well-written, insightful, and, above all, practical. It’s extremely thorough and seems to address every potential problem situation. Anyone who is a member of any group should read Freshley’s book. That includes even the smallest, most intimate groups, such as a family, and extends to larger and more diverse groups. I highly recommend it.