The Hamster Revolution for Meetings: How to Meet Less and Get More Done

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jun 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 153 pages
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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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Contents

1 Stuck
1
2 Liftoff
7
3 The Big Five
11
4 Where Did My Life Go?
15
5 The Art of Meeting Less
19
6 Youre Drafted
37
7 Iris Checks In
45
8 Virtual Meeting Magic
47
13 Pennys Verdict
113
We Meet Again
117
Fast Answers for Busy Hamsters
121
Case Study Capital Ones Meeting Revolution
127
Notes
131
Acknowlegements
132
Index
134
About the Authors
152

9 A SlowMotion Train Wreck
71
10 Becoming a Virtual Meeting Virtuoso
75
11 Staying the Course
91
12 The Meeting Action Plan
103
Services
154
About BerrettKoehler Publishers
155
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Mike Song is a gifted productivity speaker and bestselling author. His appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, and CNBC have helped millions of professionals reclaim their lives and get more done.

Vicki Halsey is vice president of applied learning at the Ken Blanchard Companies. She is regarded as one of the pioneers of leadership research in the information management industries and has consulted with the likes of Nike, Oracle, Gap, KPMG, and Wells Fargo.

Tim Burress is president of Cohesive Knowledge Solutions, Inc., and a highly skilled meeting effectiveness speaker and trainer. He is one of the nation’s most creative and innovative instructional designers. His clients include Capital One, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, and Novartis.

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