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Read This Before Our Next Meeting: How We Can Get More Done

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,157 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Traditional meetings are a weapon of mass interruption. Long live the Modern Meeting!

The average American office worker spends eleven hours in meetings every week. Yet all that time sitting around a conference table hasn’t made us more productive. If anything, meetings have made work worse.

Traditional meetings reduce efficiency, kill urgency, and breed compromise and compl
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Published August 3rd 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published July 20th 2011)
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Heidi The Reader
Endless meetings have you down? Pittampalli has a solution to your woes. He claims that modern meetings should only be held to solve specific problems and the only people who should be required to attend are those who could take direct action to solve that problem. I think that the idea is a solid one.

It does take some internal mindset changes by the folks who call meetings. The first step, like with any problem, is to admit that you even have a problem. "Over time, we've become nonchalant about
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, ebook
I think this book is written from a position of enormous privilege. The key thing he wants us to take away is that you should only have meetings when you have already made a decision and the meeting exists to give people a tiny chance to change your mind, but mostly to figure out how the group will implement your genius, already made decision.

I am not a manager, but I am pretty sure that if I did that, I would get called a bitch. And if I "got buy in from individuals one on one" before my decisi
Debbe H
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book because I too am a victim of constant meetings, many that are a complete waste of time. I was very disappointed with the content and the repetitiveness of this book. I ended up skimming the last third of the book because it was just restating earlier sections. Now I feel that the author has wasted my time just as he says meetings do. Wasn't his book supposed to help us recover wasted time? I found that his approach will work for about a third of the meeting ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-own
Interesting idea. The writing is brisk, focused on the idea and delivers its message well. I'd like to really commend the author on this. I hope that more ebooks take advantage of the medium to deliver nonfiction in its best form (namely as short as possible to get the message across). This is what earns the book stars. However, I'm not sure that the author has really thought through all the purposes of meetings. One important purpose that the author does not address is the need for administrato ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not sure I would
I was rather disappointed with this book. As a professed meeting hater, I had hoped for more subtle practical advice on either getting more from meetings or on how to "tactfully" address the bad meeting offenders.

What actually comes across from the author, while possibly offering a worthwhile strategy, is more like a revolutionary demand reminiscent of the socialist manifestos of the mid-20th century. The decree that his is the only way and that any who oppose him are antiquated, idiotic and sho
Lars-Christian Elvenes
This is short book, or manifesto, as the author calls it, that is quite to the point, and it is basically a how-to-guide for what Al Pittampalli calls the Modern Meeting.

I give it 3 out 5 stars, as it is not bad, but not revolutionary either. Most of the ideas in the book are ones that I've heard or read about before.

- Have a clear agenda
- Only invite people that really need to participate in the meeting
- Set a start and end time for the meeting

I also felt that there was a little bit of repeti
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-book-list
Good, quick read about getting things done and not letting meetings stand in your way.

Some takeaways:

* Great decisions always involve risk and risk scares people; it's natural for great ideas to get attacked or, worse, ignored. I can think of no single great innovation that has ever happened without the presence of opposition.

* Meetings are toxic because they break workdays into a series of work moments. Achieving flow, the state in which we do our best work, can take long periods of focus. I
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some sensible realisations and some smart, though not easy advice to make meetings productive again and not suck the real work out of work. Al's recommendations are really about changing culture one little action at a time. Not easy to do, but worth a shot I'd say.

Taking the hour to read this book made me realise that, even in my small organisation, we regularly underprepare, invite too many people and are too quick to suck people into a meeting potentially disrupting the rest of a productive da
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid info, but a bit repetitive. A little limited in its scope and lacking in concrete detail.

I downloaded it for free on my Kindle. I don't think I would pay for this to be honest.

Meetings do need to be fixed. I'm not sure that this book is enough of a guide for the powers that be.

Thomas Umstattd Jr.
This is my second time through this book. Meetings are the most expensive thing most companies do and it would pay for them to make those meetings more effective. I have never worked in a big company with a meeting culture, I can only imagine how needed this book would be in those environments.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short & sweet manifesto to try and fix the broken bureaucratic meeting system.

My favorite quote from the FAQ at the end: "Q: What if I end up making a decision not everyone agrees with? A: Congratulations are in order. You're a leader."
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, business
A short manifesto deriding many types of meetings, and providing rules to apply to limit meetings to just the good kind. What is the good kind? Ones were decisions were already arrived at, where documentation has been passed along beforehand and studied beforehand, where there’s an agenda and a belief that the meeting will keep to the agenda, and where there are no extras or what I would call “professional meeting attendees without portfolio.” The author distinguishes types of meetings, and he f ...more
Simon Vandereecken
Nous perdons tous énormément de temps, d'énergie et de productivité dans des meetings sans fin dans notre travail, c'est le défi auquel veut s'attaquer ce livre en proposant une nouvelle manière de voir les choses et d'organiser des meetings. Malheureusement ce livre rencontre de mon point de vue plusieurs écueils : il démarre d'abord d'une position permettant largement d'avoir le contrôle tant sur son attendance aux meetings que sur leur organisation et contenu (position que je viens seulement ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
This book was a very quick read and ok but a bit repetitive. I'm not sure how practical it is for day to day running of a company but it is a good goal. It is definitely the kind of book that needs to be actioned and then the entire management of the company needs to read and commit to.'

I'm not convinced emails can take the place of most meetings, but I've definitely been to some meetings which should have been emails. People are often so overloaded with emails, it is hard to ensure people read
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
While not entirely possible, this one did present some interesting ideas around meetings and what goes into them. I think the idea of a the mediocre meeting that goes on and on and produces nothing is pointless and cutting into productivity. Spending half your day in meetings that have nothing to do with you is a waste of time. Getting the right people on the phone at the right time, prepared for the meeting is a huge win and should be how things are approached. Spend the time to get your inform ...more
Krisanne Lane
This is a short book about restructuring how and why we hold meetings and how to get away from attending so many. The premise is that we should replace informational meetings with memos that people are required to read. Instead we are to circulate a detailed agenda prior to meetings that are intended to argue about a decision already made or coordinate how to implement it. Then a post-meeting summary is circulated. It’s not a bad idea, but getting people to write and read more emails instead of ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why this book was written, only to make money because there is zero advice in this book that describes anything other than an ordinary meeting.....if you are looking for advice on how to shock the old system of meetings, don’t waste your time. If you don’t know what a meeting is then I guess this could help.
Pradip Caulagi
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read! I really liked the description of problems with meetings - they create a culture of compromise and they kill our sense of urgency. I want to try and reject over 50% of my meeting invites next year :fiestaparrot:
Chad Smith
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's too much at stake not to read this book

I love what this book is trying to accomplish: change. Meetings are broken and need fixed. If you run a meeting, please read this book. If you attend meetings, please read this book.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in about 30 minutes on a plane. Common sense advice in an extremely abbreviated format.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, practical, and full of insight. Really enjoyed this information!
Sophia Exintaris
A productivity and workplace favourite of mine, that I have recommended to dozens of people. Wonderful to read, and it will genuinely help you have better meetings.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
thankfully short. Trite, obvious and provocative.
Hunter Pechin
Meetings should not be a drag on productivity but rather a sacred tool for momentum.
Jose Antonio
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want fewer, better, more productive meetings?

Really... read this before our next.
Ha Doan
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ngắn gọn, rõ ràng, có thể share được với đồng nghiệp hay teammates, là cuốn sách cho mình thấy hiệu quả của cách làm việc hiệu quả và tiết kiệm thời gian.
Scott Sill
Disappointing read. Instant summary: don't go to meetings. If you do have a meeting, publish a purpose & an agenda and stick to a firm end time. Assign actions to people & followup. Done. Didn't need to read this.
Kurt Gielen
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I started reading this book I have been recommending it to colleagues. i couldn't even wait to finish it before giving it the so needed WOM (word of mouth).

I don't know about you, maybe you remember the good old days, but I as a 35 year old have never known anything else than unproductive meetings that served more as watercooler gangs then productivity tools. And ever since reading this book I declined several meetings because they didn't meet the requirements laid out in this book an
Cathy Allen
A fellow in an Option C Leaders book group (please visit if you don't know what that is!) listened to this book on audiotape recently and came to the same conclusion I had come to. The theme is fabulous. If we want better meetings at our workplace, we must be ruthless about bad ones and unapologetic in refusing to participate. We disagree with some of Pittampali's specifics, but that's OK. Probably the author himself would be open to our views... just don't invite him to ...more
Greg Cohoon
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, career
This was a quick read, and written from an interesting perspective. The author is trying to get the point across that meetings are generally a waste of time and effort. Instead, he advocates a "modern meeting" where the purpose of the meeting is to make decisions and act on them. The modern meeting is focused, only includes people who have a stake in the decision, and requires participants to be prepared. The thing that made the perspective of this book interesting to me is that it reads as if i ...more
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