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Forum: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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Author: Strategy, Leadership & the Soul
There are all sorts of ways in which I have examined my own life: In my case, conversations with my wife and other members of my family figure highly. So do conversations with friends and partners. The various forms of therapy, psychotherapy and coaching have also been helpful. But perhaps the most powerful of all has been forum, or what Mo in his book calls "Peer Exchange Groups".
The most powerful aspect of these groups is that they have put me together with people who are natives to the territory.
Mo Fathelbab's book is the ultimage forum manual and guide book which will hopefully serve to deepen the forum experience of all those people in forum, and bring others to the forum experience.
I have just ordered a dozen copies for my forum mates as a gift.
The practical tips and interesting exercises can be applied to many meeting situations, from monthly executives meetings to operational meetings to sales meetings. It will definitely help you to create a better outcome for that dreaded annual meeting, the ridiculously named `annual retreat' (surely you want to `advance'?).
What did I like most? Two things. The emphasis Mr Fathelbab puts on `trust'. In my experience working with executive teams and other groups, trust is the most critical element. Without it, your chances of creating and managing an effective group is greatly reduced. And secondly, the idea of telling your own story as a way to `have skin in the game.' Read the book to find out why this matters so much to make your group work for you.
What did I not like? The fact that Mr Fathelbab does not make a case for why peer exchange groups, or forums, are so useful and necessary. At least, he does not make the case clearly until the last chapter. I think he should have `sold' it to me right up front and also on the cover blurb. More people will buy it and read it if they first read the last chapter. So I suggest you first read the last chapter - then the book's message will mean even more to you.
James Henry McIntosh - Author of 'Make the Nonsense at Work Work for You' and 'Crossing The Nonsense Divide: Steps to Finding Your Path to a Successful Life' - both available on Amazon
Mo is succinct in his writing. It doesn't take long to learn (or re-learn) what you need to know. The best thing is that you know it is authoritative. Mo has been there, done that -- with thousands of groups!
Virginia Council of CEOs