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Mote: The Super Meeting Paperback – 1 Jun 2015
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The essential guide to making meetings productive and purposeful not pointless and painful. A much needed reminder of the constituents of great meetings. --Cilla Snowball, CBE, Group Chairman and Group CEO AMV BBDO
This is an expert book written by a man whose job it has been to observe successful and unsuccessful meetings. With ways all participants in meetings can make better use of their time and energy I suspect that a 20 per cent improvement in effective meetings in your company will lead to an identical improvement in productivity. That is a book worth reading. --Chris Satterthwaite, CEO Chime Communications
I have presided over Motes in the wards of the City of London as Alderman and Lord Mayor a meeting with its origins in the medieval trading era when collaboration facilitated competition. This book turns the Mote into a modern super meeting, the like of which we have not seen before. Not only does it save one of our scarcest resources, time, but the Spirit of Mote improves the way we work outside the meeting room. --Dame Fiona Woolf CBE, Former Lord Mayor of London
About the Author
David Wethey is an author and writer born 1944 in Alvechurch, Worcestershire England. He has his own blogsite Making Better Decisions Better, and writes articles and blog posts on decision making, current affairs and advertising for a variety of publications and sites, including the Marketing Society. David founded Agency Assessments International (AAI) in 1988. AAI is headquartered in London, with partners, associates and affiliates in US, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Gulf, Ireland, and Russia. AAI advises large advertisers on appointing communications agencies and building productive partnerships with them. David has undertaken projects in more than 40 countries. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the IPA for services to the Client/Agency Relationship, and he is also the bestselling author of Decide, published in 2013.
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Mote is something of a paradox, because whilst I do agree with the problem that the author highlights, and whilst to some extent I did agree with the principles that he wrote about, I still don’t feel as though the techniques that Wethey talked about will be particularly useful in my day-to-day life. That said, I suppose I have had a dearth of meetings lately, and particularly the dynamic ones that he talks abut and which the Mote principle is most useful for.
That said, I often feel with books like these that some people will find them more useful than others, and it’s true that it’s reasonably well-written and well thought out. My main criticism would be that too much of the book felt like a set of notes, which made it difficult to get into reading it. It felt kind of jumpy, and also as though it could have been a lot shorter and still had the same impact.
Overall, though, I think this is a good book to read if you’re an executive who spends a lot of their time in meetings – if you’re like me though, and you don’t have the authority to implement change, then there are little things here and there that you can pick up to improve your own performance, but good luck trying to convince the rest of your company to take up the Mote mentality.
David Wethey skilfully and meticulously sets out how Motes (super meetings) can be used to actively drive business forward.
Once you read the book you start to see how Motes can become the engine of your business.
It's difficult to think of any organisation in which that won't be seen as a welcome step change in the way things get done - faster and more effectively.