dmcolon reviewed this|over 5 years ago
I loved Weisbord and Janoff's book "Future Search", but I found this one a bit derivative. I think that if I'd encountered this book first, it wouldn't have been so striking, but regardless, this book takes many of the same insights from Future Search and presents them in a truncated fashion. My rating, then, is largely based on this fact. For anyone looking for a book that outlines some amazing principles for designing meetings, however, you could do a lot worse. They take ideas of systems thinking and apply them to structuring meetings.Weisbord and Janoff also do a good job in emphasizing the structural aspects of designing meetings. Rather than get caught up in the emotional dramas that typically ensue from meetings, work on making the environment one where things can actually happen. Look for common ground, avoid projecting your emotions on the group, look past others' emotional projections on to you or the meeting in general. For a brilliant exposition, look at Future Search, but if you're not looking for the complete package but rather a quick primer on meetings, "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!" works well.