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Interesting ideas, but limited practical advice
on 11 August 2011
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.