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Where Death by Meetings ends, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings begins. Wilkinson provides readers with the detail steps for implementing a number of the concepts covered by Patrick Lencioni in Death by Meetings. Wilkinson details strategies for engaging in productive conflict and provides proven methods for reaching agreement. The sample agendas include the multiple meeting types Lencioni outlines. The Secrets to Masterful Meetings also covers numerous strategies for eliminating unnecessary meetings, getting the right people in the meeting, starting the meeting on time, maintaining focus, and ensuring results.

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Michael Wilkinson is Managing Director of Leadership Strategies—The Facilitation Company, an organization that specializes in training in facilitation, consulting, leadership, and meeting skills. Leadership Strategies also provides professional facilitators around the world to help organizations with strategic planning, issue resolution, focus groups, and a variety of other processes.

Michael is a leader in the facilitation industry. He is the author of The Secrets of Facilitation and The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, founder of the National Facilitator Database, and serves on the board of the National Institute for Facilitation. He was one of the first five Certified Professional Facilitators in North America and has been subsequently awarded the prestigious Certified Master Facilitator designation. In 2003, the Southeast Association of Facilitators named him Facilitator of the Year for his achievements and contributions to the field.

He is a much sought-after facilitator, trainer, and speaker, nationally as well as internationally, having completed international assignments in Bangkok, Brisbane, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Singapore, and Sydney. He has worked with hundreds of public and private sector organizations, including The Coca-Cola Company, KPMG Peat Marwick, the Centers for Disease Control, and the United Way of America.

Prior to his current post, he was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young's Management Consulting Group. As an accomplished information technology consultant, he was selected by the Governor of his state to serve for two terms on the Governor’s twelve-member Information Technology Policy Council.

Michael resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Leadership Strategies Publishing (November 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972245804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972245807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
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As a professor, many working students tell me that they have little time for their part-time studies because their job keeps them so busy. To help them improve, I ask each person to write down for two weeks how she or he spends time 24/7, including both work and personal time.

Invariably, the person reports back that he or she spends 15-25 hours a week in meetings . . . and has to work late every night to get "regular" work done. After we spend some time looking into those meetings, students are usually able to reduce those hours to 5-10 a week. The remaining time then becomes available for their personal studies.

So while you may think that your organization will be the big beneficiary if you lead and participate in better meetings, actually you will be the big winner. Your personal time will expand while your stress will decline.

I've been a student of good meeting practices for over 35 years and am often hired to facilitate difficult meetings, such as strategy development sessions. In all of those years, I do not recall seeing a book that more effectively captures and explains the key practices that work than The Secrets of Masterful Meetings. Employing this book will give you helpful lessons that it would take you at least 20 years to learn on your own.

My advice is to get this book, share it with everyone you work with and apply its excellent recommendations.

Let me explain what this book contains.

The book builds on the excellent principle that everyone has a stake in better meetings. Set rules and rights for better meetings, and everyone will benefit. What's more, everyone will help enforce helpful practices. The book opens with a list of rights that your organization might choose to employ for this purpose.
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Probably all of us have been victims to those corporate or even small business 'energizing seminars' where an outsider addresses the members present on how to improve productivity, how to be a team player, and how to remain goal oriented in the work force. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ These forays into business psycholgy succeed or fail dependent on the manner in which the seminar is conducted: if the information is terrific but the presentation is flatline, the time is wasted all the way around.

If only we had this book earlier! Author Michael Wilkinson is a CEO for Leadership Strategies, The Facilitation Company, and not only is he a zippy writer who knows how to engage his readers, he also is a straightforward, no nonsense facilitator who has studied the problems of the unsuccessful meetings we all have suffered and in this small book he outlines the pitfalls of meeting strategy, the reasons most meetings fail to accomplish their missions, and, most important, he gives us tables and practices on how to make every meeting no matter how small or how large result in success. But that is all outlined on the Amazon.com product page.

Sound like the impossible mission? Buy this book, read it quickly so that you buy into his approach, then read it leisurely and try his suggestions for planning your next meeting. Wilkinson knows his business and knows how to communicate his ideas. This is a fine source book that promises to revolutionize the effective meeting - and he makes it all so practical and user-friendly. An excellent adjunct to anyone in charge of meetings - or for those who routinely attend bad meetings, slip this affordable paperback under your boss's door! Grady Harp, April 06
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The is clearly THE playbook for holding effective meetings. It has always been curious to me that we expect people inherently know how to run a great meeting. There is a real skill to it and Wilkinson shows the way how.
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An excellent, accessible toolkit for anyone who leads meetings -- or attends them -- and wants their meetings to be the productive investments they are meant to be. Every manager should own a copy of this book, and give it to all of his/her direct reports.
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