- File Size: 1256 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tom LaForce; 1 edition (March 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J8VVIVC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Meeting Hero: Plan and Lead Engaging, Productive Meetings Kindle Edition
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Ineffective meetings occur at all levels. I attended a meeting this past Friday that was scheduled for 1.5 hours. We did not stay on track. The meeting ran over by almost an hour, and after the meeting was over the hallway conversation (outside leadership earshot) was how three-fourths of the agenda was not appropriate for the meeting and could have been handled in a different, more effective manner.
The evidence is in. Ineffectively run meetings waste time, and cost us money - not only during the meeting, but after the meeting is over as well. Ineffective meetings create disengaged employees, they lower trust in leadership competence, and they absolutely affect our bottom line. Tom LaForce is offering us a tool that we can use to change this. If you are a manager, a team leader, a meeting facilitator, or if you are someone who attends unproductive meetings and actually care enough to try to do something about it, then you need to read this book.
You will learn valuable tips on how to plan, conduct and follow-up on meetings. You will learn about how to deal with bad meeting behavior. You will learn how to reframe bold statements people often make so that conversations around provocative topics can remain productive and so that conflict and disagreements do not overrun your meetings. You will learn how to conduct meetings that both engage people and accomplish results.
Buy the book. Read it. Put it to use. Act heroically.
This little book is jammed with insights and tips that a regular person can use to make meetings productive and enjoyable as well. It isn't just sunshine stuff; among other things he tells how to deal with behaviors that can undermine meetings and thwart creativity.
I spent years in the investment business and have extensive experience with nonprofit boards. If I had a nickel or every boring and useless meeting I've had to endure, I would own half the country!
The whole book is valuable, but for my money the most important advice is in the beginning, when LaForce underscores that meetings are very costly. If they are productive, they will be worth the cost. If not, the cost will be unrecoverable. Advice like that is priceless.