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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (3 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455821144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455821143
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,118,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Bishop Reviews Read This Before Our Next Meeting

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


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"I dutifully avoid meetings whenever possible, which is pretty much always. If I was to go to meetings, though, I'd want Al to run them. And if that wasn't possible, I'd send this book to everyone else ahead of time and wait for them to cancel the meeting or run it exactly how this book describes." --Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity

"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ewan on 11 Aug. 2011
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There's some great ideas in this book, mostly focused around either replacing meetings with one on one discussions, or on shortening the length of meetings that do need to happen, to improve the decision making process in organisations. The ideas themselves are really useful, and will definitely contribute to you having better meetings, and fewer of them.

However, I found very little in the book on how to implement that change, outside of "Just do it and tell people you're doing it", something that most people simply aren't able to do - they're not the people organising these wasteful meetings, and are not in a position to simply refuse to turn up. It would be a much improved book if it advised on how to get other people to follow the rules when you're not in a position to dictate to them.

The book is worth a read, and it's definitely worth absorbing the ideas behind the book, but you may well struggle to turn them into practical actions.
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I have always wanted to get more out of meetings. At some point, meetings to me were a complete waste of time. I read all the materials I could find about meetings to help me make my meetings better. 'Read this before our next meeting' is the best resource I have ever read about making meetings work. The moment I saw the title of the little book, I knew I just had to buy it. I bought the 'audibles' version but I felt I needed to buy the paper copy so I can study it at my pace, make comments in the margins and underline lines I need to return to.

'Read this before our next meeting' is a little book that can be read quickly and returned to over and over again. It presents clear workable but revolutionary ideas that can make an organisation get the best out of it's meetings. It explains the difference between traditional and modern meetings and presents steps to get to the modern meeting. It makes a clear distinction between meetings and brainstorming sessions. I like the fact that meetings are not for information-sharing: the author advised on good use of emails and memos for information-sharing. The questions and answers section at the end of the book is helpful. What is more, one can subscribe to receive regular tips from the author!

The book is however most likely to be useful in the hands of managers or heads of organisations as it calls for a complete overhaul of the meeting systems in an organisation. I am in complete agreement with the ideas in the book but I am not able to influence how meetings are done in my organisation. Perhaps I should buy a copy for my bosses and see how they will take to the idea. All is not lost though, as I can implement the modern meeting whenever I have a chance to call for a meeting to support decisions that I need to make. Also, I can use the book to guide my meetings with members of my family and other forums where I can contribute to meetings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By humbella on 27 Aug. 2011
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Having read this book I wonder to what extent its advice has been useful to me. I fully agree that there are too many meetings that are not useful, that we have to stick to time, that we all have to think carefully whether to call for a meeting and who to invite to avoid wasting precious time, that action plans should be produced and should embrace the brainstorm - but apart from that? Most of it is familiar knowledge, although application in practice requires still a lot of training for many. Holding meetings is indeed a culture, and sometimes we should stop and think rather than going with the flow. The book doesn't offer a lot of practical new ideas.

Besides, I am sure that there are many people around who would not be dealing well with information mainly transmitted via paper and paper agendas - there are different learning styles and several of us learn better when they hear information than when they receive it written. Refusing meetings that transmit information and send memos instead that are mandatory to read? It wouldn't work for all of us, and people would require a lot of training in transmitting short and efficiently on paper.

The text is a good reminder of some efficient business practices, but I'm definitely not going to spread the book to colleagues as the book asks. I was lucky to get this book for free. It is currently overpriced and it is certainly not value for money.
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This little book practices what it preaches. Treat it as a provocation and prepare to debate the ideas and, maybe, change your mind. If you do: co-ordinate to implement. Time is money and Al's ideas can save your organisation both.
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I'm all for reducing the number of meetings in corporates and making them more effective and welcome books that share practical advice on how to deal with the situation. However, this book was a waste of my precious personal time; full of waffling obfuscation and reiteration of a problem we have long been aware of, with impractical and sometime downright dangerous advice.

When a book advocates stopping all meetings for communication it tells me that the author has little to know knowledge of the power of face to face communication through team meetings and networking to improve employee engagement. When an author advocates sending memos instead of having a meeting and says everyone has to read them, it shows how out of touch they are with the language of comms and how little they understand about the capacity people have for 'reading' more 'memos'.

If I were a cynic I would suggest that the parting words of the author to share the book with as many people as possible was more about driving up sales on amazon than truly effecting change in the way in which the corporate world manages meetings.

What saddens me more is that I came to this book through a senior executive at a large corporate from the Finance sector. Don't waste your money - there are better books out there with more useful advice than this one.
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