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One mediocre meeting after another quietly corrodes our organization, and every day we allow it to happen. Culture change occurs when a transformational idea spreads to enough people. Like a virus that makes its way from person to person, spreading exponentially faster, so can the Modern Meeting. The status quo must go. Now. Before it's too late.

  • 1. Meet only to support a decision that has already been made.
  • 2. Move fast. End on schedule.
  • 3. Limit the number of attendees.
  • 4. Reject the unprepared.
  • 5. Produce committed action plans.
  • 6. Refuse to be informational. Read the memo, it’s mandatory.
  • 7. Work with brainstorms, not against them.

©2011 Al Pittampalli (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Moni
  • 18-08-2011

Simple & Easy

What great clarity on how to conduct meetings and why we need to have meetings! Very simple and practical. A must-read for anyone who leads meetings & attenders too. This book has changed my meeting habits and style.

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  • tyelmene
  • 13-11-2017

Start your professional development here

People who understand and operate based on this short but impactful book will be advantaged and find greater levels of success than those who do not. The readers will have the two most powerful advantages; more time and more influence. Now... do you want read this or not? I'm fortunate that I did.

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  • Mark McHam
  • 23-01-2019

If you are looking for Captain Obvious in melodrama, look no further.

Wish I had my $ and time back... let me save you yours- Meetings suck. Expect people to prepare and participate... the shocking truth of this will change you forever...

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  • Matthew Green
  • 19-06-2015

Good, but ignore brainstorm chapter

This will help you eliminate wasteful meeting. It's short and provides clear instructions: meetings should be held to resolve conflict and coordinate action with others.

However, the author presents an outdated approach to ideation: brainstorming. If you want to generate ideas, you're better off asking your group to generate them individually. They will not only produce more ideas, but they will be of a higher quality.

The author clearly states that this is not a book about brainstorming and I too would implore readers to do their own research.

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  • dave
  • 28-02-2016

not my world

Would you try another book written by Al Pittampalli or narrated by Al Pittampalli?

not likley

What will your next listen be?

how to steal the show

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yes the presentation was fine

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I had high hopes for this book, but it is simply not reality what he is suggesting to resolve the endless meeting dilemma. Firstly, what he proposes is more work than the meetings. Secondly unless everyone else has read this book and buys into it in your company it is unlikely you will get the ideas into practice. Finally i could imagine in a small start-up company you may find some his ideas workable, but in big organisations it is simply impractical.
I am sure if the author read this review he would challenge my comments saying my comments are the problem with company meeting culture, but simply he does not provide any practical guidance to go step by step from death by endless meeting into effective, high energy, well prepared and optimised meetings.

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