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Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results (Business Skills and Development) Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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"For years, Xerox benefited mightily from Tom's rare blend of strategic thinking and practical advice. Now the world can. I highly recommend this book. --Anne Mulcahy, former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
"Presented in a straightforward, easy to read style, the material in MGG will yield BIG results for your organization." --Eric L. Steenburgh, past President and COO, Ricoh Corporation; former COO, Kodak Corporation
"Mining Group Gold is a common-sense approach that not only delivers the most productive meetings you've ever had, it will improve teamwork and execution from the moment the lessons are put into use." --Ron Cox, CEO, Tailwind Consulting
"Tom Kayser is a true innovator whose ideas save time and energy and increase the productivity of every meeting. His writing style is concise and focused with a spirit of friendliness." --Bruce Heller, Ph.D., author The Prodigal Executive
"Mining Group Gold works! Using MGG tools and concepts in my consulting work has been a key factor in helping clients align teams, accomplish desired outcomes, and improve their bottom-line." --Rod Buchen, CEO, The Buchen Group
From the Author
Mining Group Gold is an integrated approach for thinking strategically about the facilitation of teams to maximize their collective wisdom in the pursuit of innovative ideas and results. It is a book about facilitation--the manager as a facilitator with the help of all others present as secondary facilitators. Specifically, Mining Group Gold is a set of fundamental--but potent--tools, processes, techniques, and templates that any person, at any organizational level, can readily apply to increase his or her ability to plan and facilitate work sessions that help build a collaborative organization culture.
The procedures covered in this book truly are combat-tested and have withstood the challenge of decades of time. The initial framework was developed in 1984 and has undergone many additions, refinements, and developments since then. Tens of thousands of people in multinational corporations, small businesses, school districts, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and colleges and universities have read the previous editions this work and learned how to become "miners of group gold". I have spent my career as an organization effectiveness professional and facilitator personally using, teaching, and honing what you will be reading about here.
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If you have ever had ineffective meetings, I would strongly encourage you to read Mining Group Gold. The book is easy to read and provides a great guide to determine the necessity of the meeting, who should be in attendance and how to facilitate effectively. I would recommend this book to anyone at any level that participates in meetings. It has been extremely beneficial and I have received nothing but the very best feedback from our employees!
Mr. Kayser lays out an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and, best of all, easy to implement format for the reader to put into practice and turn her or his meetings into fruitful sessions of information sharing, of discussion whenever appropriate, of meaningful idea sharing and of satisfying accomplishment. Best of all, it works - in any "meeting", no matter the size, and no matter if it's business, if it's communuity, or if it's personal.
Some time ago, I read "Mining Group Gold". Skeptical at first, I was nonetheless intrigued by Mr. Kayser's processes that claim to turn meetings that are so often sessions of "reading the mail" or "preaching" into sessions of valuable insight instead. I, along with another individual, had a meeting with 60 people scheduled within a week after I completed the book. With this other individual, I dicussed a new approach - the MGG approach - to our meeting. It was a whiole new world for us, and we weren't entirely confident, but Mr. Kayser encourages the reader to just try the processes explained in the book. He advises that the 1st time may not be smooth & perfect, but it will be better than he would have otherwise had. So we literally ripped up the "agenda" we had, and started new, using templates and principles from "Mining Group Gold". The impact was powerful. During wrap up, meeting participants over & over exclaimed that they'd never been in such a productive meeting, or they never thought we would accomplish what we stated as our "desred outcome" at the start of the meeting, or that "it was the best meeting ever attended".
Read the book and benefit from Mr. Kayser's wealth of experience. Learn how to decide if you even need a meeting. Learn how to get the most "gold nuggets" out of the meeting participants - the willing as well as the not-so-willing. Learn how to assure "buy-in" to your group's ideas and plans of action.
I've been in business for over 30 years. No book has ever had as positive an impact on my business life as has "Mining Group Gold". Trust and practice the "Mining group Gold" fundamentals. You'll be glad you did!
In terms of criticism, the book feels like it was written in the 1950's. In all fairness to Kayser, I can tell that this edition has been refined and updated. Even so, the tone and style just feel a little outdated.
One other weakness I noted, Kayser doesn't really address the issues of power and status in meetings very thoroughly. That is, he works under the assumption that meeting groups are composed of individuals with roughly equal power and status. For many meetings in the world, equal power and status would be a false assumption.
I recommend the book; it is a worthwhile read. If you facilitate meetings (or ever will), you should consider adding this classic to your library.