The Hamster Revolution for Meetings: How to Meet Less and Get More Done
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jun 23, 2009 - Business & Economics - 144 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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3THE BIG FIVE
4WHERE DID MY LIFE GO?
5THE ART OF MEETING LESS
12THE MEETING ACTION PLAN
EPILOGUEWE MEET AGAIN
RESOURCESFAST ANSWERS FOR BUSY HAMSTERS
CAPITAL ONES MEETING REVOLUTION
7IRIS CHECKS IN
8VIRTUAL MEETING MAGIC
9A SLOWMOTION TRAIN WRECK
10BECOMING A VIRTUAL MEETING VIRTUOSO
11STAYING THE COURSE
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