May 04, 09
Read in April, 2009, read count: 1
I checked out the audiobook CDs from my library and finished listening to the book in less than a week. Overall it was compelling to listen to. The author's writing style is captivating in that he draws you into the fictional story of a company struggling to cross a threshold.
As far as content goes I'm not certain that I completely agree with his basic premise, that meetings are disliked by most people because they're boring and lack conflict. Maybe I'm getting caught up in semantics, but just because a meeting may have drama, conflict, and interactive brainstorming doesn't mean they will be productive. He compares meetings to movies & television shows, which has some interesting paralells.
His second concept I know he's nailed. That is that many meetings are bad because they lack proper contextualization. They become a stew of varying types of discussions with a wide-range of importance to the organization.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in a leadership position that requires you to have or facilitate meetings. It will be worth your time.