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Moving Out of the Box: Tools for Team Decision Making (Stanford Business Books) Paperback – July 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0804762465 ISBN-10: 0804762465

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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Business Books
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804762465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804762465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,299,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How many of the meetings you attend do you consider worthless? Your response (and those from the rest of your colleagues) will no doubt lead you to read, if not embrace, Kemp’s latest book (one of several, including Moving Meetings, 1994). By beginning with the obvious—checklists for meetings and decision making—she sets the narrative tone for her book: relatively devoid of jargon, instructional, and, at the end, engaging. She touts a rubric called ChoiceMarks, which is a typology of five styles—antisurvival, boxed-in, neutral, engaged enthusiasm, extreme excitement—all of which can somehow lead to decisions being made. Scenarios, practices, quizzes, and lists upon lists of questions infuse these styles with substance and help readers figure out how to become unstuck, collaborate, take control, act, or simply let the initiative die. The material is presented in a realistic, down-to-earth manner; too bad, though, that Kemp didn’t capitalize more on the visuals as another way to identify and prompt decision making. Appended: ChoiceMarks questions for every stage of consensus. --Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"We've all been in that place where the deliberative process grinds to a halt, decisions can't get made personalities usually supplant process, and frustration feeds a downward spiral. In Moving Out of the Box, Jana M. Kemp sheds new light on these dynamics and cleverly arms you with an array of useful tools and perspectives to combat them. These are important tactics at any level, and this book is fun to read."—Gregory Casey, President & CEO, Business-Industry Political Action Committee

"Whether you are inexperienced at attending and running meetings or have been around the block hundreds of times—Jana M. Kemp's book will be a wonderful and useful addition to your toolbox. It clearly explains underlying theory and concepts, while providing powerful and practical suggestions for successful and committed decision making."—Jamie and Maren Showkeir, coauthors,Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment

"A must read for any leader or team that's trying to make the right decisions! Jana M. Kemp's insightful and thought-provoking book provides an excellent roadmap for reaching the right destination through collaborative effort."—Richard Chang, CEO, Richard Chang Associates, Inc. and author of The Passion Plan and Performance Scorecards

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Great book that helped our project team elevate how they approached and tackled decisions.

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