Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age

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It is common to feel that corporate meetings are a waste of time. Time that could be better spent getting “real work” done. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This book is dedicated to the proposition that meetings can be meaningful, productive, and even fun—all at the same time. We need to bring business meetings into the digital age in the same way that we have reinvented business planning and written communication. In a technology-rich world filled with people working flexibly, remotely, and across multiple time zones, the way we lead meetings is out of alignment with 21st-century organizational reality. This book is all about reinventing the business meeting. It offers advice and guidance for streamlining and strengthening all kinds of corporate conversations; but it focuses where it should, on the formal meetings that fill up over 50 percent of most managers’ calendars.

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If you are like most of us, you spend way too much time in bad meetings and other conversations at work that go nowhere.

How long has it been since you were in a meeting you felt was totally unproductive? Have you ever wished you had a Star Trek pocket communicator you could command to "Beam me up, Scotty" just to get away from yet another meaningless meeting? How long has it been since you led a meeting like that?

Be honest; it's happened to every one of us.

Do you spend time in meetings thinking about the "real work" you are not getting done, or holding your smartphone in your lap and sneaking a peek at your email inbox to see what's going on out there in the real world? Or have you ever sent a surreptitious text asking a colleague to call you out of a meeting for some fake crisis or phone call from a "client" that just can't wait?

Well, I've got a simple message for you: it doesn't have to be that way.

This book is dedicated to the proposition that meetings can be meaningful, productive, and even fun - all at the same time.

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Are You Stuck in the Unproductive Meeting Trap?

It is common to feel that corporate meetings are a waste of time. Time that could be better spent getting "real work" done. But it doesn't have to be this way. This book is dedicated to the proposition that meetings can be meaningful, productive, and even fun--all at the same time.

We need to bring business meetings into the digital age in the same way that we have reinvented business planning and written communication. The current form of corporate meetings is bent and broken; it just doesn't fit the realities of the global, technology-rich world that we live in today.

This book is all about reinventing the business meeting. It offers advice and guidance for streamlining and strengthening all kinds of corporate conversations; but it focuses where it should, on the formal meetings that fill up over 50 percent of most managers' calendars.
 

"Like most executives I spend most of my waking hours in meetings. With digital technology transforming the way we work, we desperately need to rethink how to make those meetings matter. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to lead more effective conversations."
Joe Hagan, Chief Executive Officer, National Equity Fund

"This is much more than a book about meetings. Jim Ware has shared his views on how work is evolving and uses his insight to challenge many of our traditional meeting practices. This book should be read by anyone who is frustrated by wasting time in pointless meetings - which is probably most of us!"
Peter Thomson, COO of the FutureWork Forum and coauthor of Future Work

"Meetings are such a waste of time, and yet they offer so much potential that they deserve attention and analysis. Jim Ware goes beyond the typical agenda-setting and time-control issues to deal with the true basis for meetings. This is a must-read book."
Dr. Jac Fitz-Enz founder of Human Capital Source and author of The New HR Analytics

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