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“…a fine guide for managers who would get the most from a business meeting; especially for those relatively new to the process of directing a meeting.” — Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Mentor
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422101851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422101858
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Claire Bancino on April 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
As an instructor and facilitator who runs workshops on numerous business topics, including "Running Effective Meetings," I have found most all the HBR Pocket Mentor books a great addition to our content. The Running Meetings book is especially good as it provides great case studies, examples, content, tips, and tools. We often use the "What Would You Do?" format used in the book in our workshops to make a point and get some great discussion going. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to run more efficient and effective business meetings.
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The principles in this book are accurate in theory but have not utility in practice. The book is written towards students preparing for a semester end presentation, or project engineers that have one project meeting to prepare for over the coming month. It is not written for the vast majority of people in the business world that need to call meetings quickly about one of the 20 hot projects they are working on. I wanted to use this book to train subordinates on how to better run meetings, but after reading the book I decided reading the book would waste their time and confuse them. A more apt title for this book would be: "Preparing for Annual Meetings." A running meetings handbook is still sorely needed...
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Slightly better than the 2006 version, but still a weak, unfocused book. No clarity at the beginning that the book is aimed at meeting leaders. Poor distinctions among specified roles, particularly those of leaders and facilitators.

True facilitators will find the description of the facilitator role laughable, at best: "This is a good role for someone who wants more leadership experience but isn't yet ready to be a leader" (p.23)

Perhaps even worse, much of the advice in this small book is too abstract, general and bland to help a novice (leader or otherwise) learn how to plan, carry out and follow through on better meetings. "As you go, summarize and review the progress of the meeting frequently and explicitly. Record the ideas expressed about the most important topics on a flip chart or other tool..." What happened to the Scribe role, and to the separation of leader roles from others? Doyle and Straus gave all of us the huge gift of distinguishing roles in meetings in 1976, with their landmark book, How to Make Meetings Work. No need to mess that up, although in this HBR book I do like the addition of the role of expert, and the naming of participants as contributors.

I wish there were lots more current insights and ideas to like.
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I found this book immensely useful - written in very simple language.
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