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Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!: Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter 1st Edition
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The title, Don't Just Do Something, Stand There, caught my attention and knocked me off balance. As a member and leader of a number of organizations over the course of 76 years, I have often been referred to as an "activist." The reverse of the title has been almost a mantra of mine. If something needs to be made right, is it not my job to do something? Anything less is a kind of cowardice, and I become an accomplice to the wrong-doing. You would think I would know better, but
the problem seems to be getting worse. The book came my way none too soon.
In college at Penn State, in the 50's, William Werner, a literature professor, said to me in an aside, "There are two reasons to read: one is the confirmation of something you already are familiar with and appreciate; second, is the thrill of new experience." His comments have stayed with me throughout these many years better than the contents of the course in The European Novel that I took with him.
I did find much in the book that I already know and apply, drawing from psychology, group dynamics, organizational development, etc. and presented in a readable, user-friendly manner. My copy is full of notes in the margin of comments like "yes," and of exclamation marks. And for sure, there was also much that was new, again drawing from the same fields, but with practical examples that made the reading alive and here and now, and answered questions that had come to me a moment earlier. The authors have years of hands-on experience throughout the world in their work, and have done their homework, learning from and sharing relevant research in the field.Read more ›
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Probably one of the best and easiest to read on facilitation.
I have had the honor of meeting both authors and they both follow their own recommendations.
A main focus of my professional work of over 25 years is building common ground in large and small groups of people (many of whom are in conflict) so that they can take positive... Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Susan C.
"Holding meetings" -- as with "reading email" -- takes a bad rap. The phrase "let's have a meeting" has become loaded with all manner of negative... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Douglas Collins
the title of my review is due to the fact that I just re-read the book for the third or fourth time, and there always seems to be more ideas in there than the previous times, and... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Douglas OLoughlin
If you're the type of person who wants who would rather spend more time 'doing' and less time meeting about what should be done - this book is for you. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Kennyrice
Weisbrod and Janoff have distilled over 30 years of experience leading groups in this less than 200 page tome. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Robert Bryan - Organizational Consultant
The book came quickly and was in the promised shape. Will definitely but from this seller in the future.Published on January 13, 2009 by Cheryl M. Pifher
Most books (and courses) on how to run more effective meetings offer prescriptions based in a paradigm that effective meetings are those in which agenda, participation, information... Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by Richard Lent
Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!: Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter is a practical guide to organizing and leading productive business meetings. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by Midwest Book Review