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Will There Be Donuts?. by David Pearl Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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‘It's relevant, useful and fun to read. What more could you ask for?’ Charles Handy
‘Packed with entertaining anecdotes and some very good jokes, this is that rare beast ― a business book that you could take to the beach’ David Wighton, Sunday Times
About the Author
David Pearl draws on his eclectic experience of the creative disciplines to help businesses around the world be more inspired and inspiring.
In 1995 he was asked by one of the world’s leading professional service firms to create a revolutionary personal and professional development program for their top 1000 people. The success of the program marked the beginning of David’s career with large corporate businesses.
Nearly 1000 projects later, he and his group have an international reputation for pioneering work with businesses and those who work in them. Clients he has worked with include GSK, BP, Unilever, Oracle, Dell & Disney.
David is in demand as a Public and Business Speaker, with a reputation for coaxing involvement out of even the most hard-bitten audiences.
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I shall from today:
1. Consider every meeting as my meeting
2. Have less meetings and more meeting
3. Understand the 7 basic reasons to meet and act accordingly
4. If I don't know why I am in a meeting, won't be in that meeting
5. If I can't improve a bad meeting, make it worse
6. When I am done, stop
7. If no one else is leading, I will
8. Understand the reasons for a bad meeting
9. Create value for all involved
10. Be bored no more
With hindsight its hilarious that the recommendations on the cover are by two people you hav'nt heard of and never will. What a surprise to find that they are included and lauded within the book itself : a kind of grotesque and questionable mutual back-slapping exercise.
Do not waste your time or money on this book - you can have mine and I will gladly pay the postage to get it out of my house
Note to self - do not listen to recommendations for 'best business book of the year' again
It's also (in my view) overly-focused on mechanics with too little to say about reading / influencing the human dynamics (power plays, level of engagement etc.)
So worth a read as a reminder of how to avoid falling into some bad habits but there's a better book to be written.