The Hamster Revolution for Meetings: How to Meet Less and Get More Done
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009 - Business & Economics - 153 pages
Are meetings taking over your life? You're not alone. Meet Iris, a sales director so overwhelmed by meetings that she feels like a hamster on a wheel—in fact, she's turned into one. Just in time, she meets a coach—a leading meeting efficiency expert—with a simple system that helps her regain her sanity and humanity.
The coach's secret is a laser-like focus on the five biggest meeting pain points:
1. Meeting overload: Professionals waste twenty-four days a year in useless meetings.
2. Missing success ingredients: ninety percent of all professionals attend meetings that lack a clearly stated objective and agenda.
3. Virtual-meeting chaos: Disinterested participants + endless technical glitches huge amounts of wasted time.
4. Agenda adrift: Goals are missed when meetings veer off course.
5. Action distraction: Incomplete action items result in delayed projects and missed deadlines.
The coach demonstrates that these five challenges are damaging Iris's career and costing the world over a trillion dollars each year. He provides practical new solutions that rapidly transform Iris from victim to victor. These solutions are tailored to the technology-driven world in which Iris lives—she discovers how to use e-calendars, PDAs, and virtual meetings to make her life easier, not more complicated. She applies the solutions, gets immediate results, and reclaims her life. The Hamster Revolution for Meetings focuses on a small number of high-impact best practices that really work. Included is a landmark case study that shows how 3,000 Capital One associates reclaimed ten days per year while improving meeting effectiveness by over 35 percent.
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Corny, silly story is used to provide information. Maybe this is best, since the advice on running meetings is rather dry. Overall, it appears to have good advice. Read full review
3 The Big Five
4 Where Did My Life Go?
5 The Art of Meeting Less
6 Youre Drafted
7 Iris Checks In
8 Virtual Meeting Magic
13 Pennys Verdict
We Meet Again
Fast Answers for Busy Hamsters
Case Study Capital Ones Meeting Revolution
About the Authors
9 A SlowMotion Train Wreck
10 Becoming a Virtual Meeting Virtuoso
11 Staying the Course
12 The Meeting Action Plan
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