Russell Bishop is the managing partner of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company helping executives and managers increase alignment and improve execution across the organization. The author of Workarounds That Work, he is a weekly columnist and senior editor at the Huffington Post. Read his review of Al Pittampalli's Read This Before Our Next Meeting:
Al Pittampalli addresses a time worn challenge that all of us have experienced for which many of us are chief executioner: Death by Meeting. However, rather than simply adding to the chorus of complaints about time-sucking, energy-sapping, life force-killing meetings, Al actually proposes something useful--The Modern Meeting and its seven critical principles of effective meeting management.
The single most powerful question to ask yourself or your co-workers when faced with a challenging situation is: What difference could you make that requires no one’s permission other than your own? Al embraces this critical notion of personal responsibility in his counter-intuitive approach to getting senior management to adopt the modern meeting: you don’t have to get everyone on board--you just need to start and let your success influence others to get on board.If you find yourself withering away in endless meetings, if your organization suffers from consensus constipation, if you can’t seem to get a decision made this century, read this book now. Wait a minute--reading this book won’t help any more than reading a prescription will get you better. Instead, apply the Seven Principles and let your creative productivity soar! --Russell Bishop
"Sucked dry, worn down, numbed out: pick your metaphor. Anyway you cut it, bad meetings are killing you and your organization. This book will be your shield and sword to get your life back. Now, we just need to sort out email." --Michael Bungay Stanier, Do More Great Work
"There's a big difference between talking about doing something and actually doing it. If you've ever been in a meeting whose sole purpose was to plan for another meeting, you NEED this book." --Josh Kaufman, The Personal MBA
"If you live meeting-to-meeting, this book will save your business life."--Tim Sanders, Today We Are Rich
"The typical corporate meeting makes you feel like you’re busy doing something. But as Al Pittampalli explains, meetings are a mess - an unproductive waste of time to validate the status quo. In his fascinating manifesto, Al presents a better way - the Modern Meeting - to actually move your business forward. If you want to create a culture of decisive action, get out of your nice comfortable meeting room and read this book now.” --David Meerman Scott, Real-Time Marketing & PR
"The majority of us have the same experience: at some point during the day, we lift our heads out of the haze of phone calls, emails and meetings and say, 'I need to go home so I can get some work done!' You can't get more counter-productive than that. The main reason is that meetings not only suck, but that meetings suck the life out of organizations. It doesn't have to be that way and it shouldn't. Finally, there's a shining light for all of us in Al Pittampalli's Read This Before Our Next Meeting. Unfortunately, the book was named poorly. It should be called, Read This Now! Please!" --Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author, Six Pixels of Separation