Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Note: In honor of what The Domino Project is doing with End Malaria Day, we are reviewing their latest book release, Read This Before Our Next Meeting.  Today, Project Domino is selling a collaboration of essays from 61 of the most well known business writers for $20 and donating that ENTIRE $20 to Malaria No More.  Pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Al Pittampalli

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Is it possible to be disappointed with a book, but still call it a must read?

That’s exactly how I feel about Read This Before Our Next Meeting. The book, by Al Pittampalli, is the latest release from Seth Godin’s, Project Domino publishing house. True to form, the book fits with other Project Domino releases and should really be classified as a manifesto,  as its only 80 pages in paperback form. That’s one reason why I like it and other PD releases, no fluff.

From the book’s website: “The traditional meeting has held us hostage for too long. “It’s wasted our time, energy, and drained from us the aliveness that makes work exciting and fulfilling. And for our organizations, the traditional meeting gets in the way of important decisions that need to be made for forward momentum. It forces our organization to walk, when we all have the burning desire to run.”

That’s pretty powerful stuff. I love, love, love the concept.

Making your meetings more effective/less frequent has been well championed over the past few years by the likes of Timothy Ferris and Jason Fried in their respective books, The 4-Hour Workweek and Rework. What they’ve done is set the ground work for a much needed book focusing on having better meetings.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting takes the idea and expands in it, giving us a few ground rules to go on.

  1. The Modern Meeting supports a decision that has already been made.
  2. The Modern Meeting starts on time, moves fast, and ends on schedule.
  3. The Modern Meeting limits the number of attendees.
  4. The Modern Meeting rejects the unprepared.
  5. The Modern Meeting produces committed action plans.
  6. The Modern Meeting refuses to be informational. Reading memos is mandatory.
  7. The Modern Meeting works only alongside a culture of brainstorming.

Real men act. They don’t sit around second guessing themselves and their decisions. That’s why this book is a must read for us Ultra Many men.

The book just fell a little short of my expectations in terms of action steps, or the lack thereof. Like I said before, this concept isn’t new, so I was hoping that the book would give us a little more in terms of how to carry out the 7 Principles that he’s laid out. The 4-Hour Work Week is still the best, in terms of specific action plan, that I’ve seen for this.

But then again, if all that was included, the book would be quite a bit longer than 80 pages, and I’m guessing that the author wanted to leave it a little open as to how we carry this out as individuals.

What did you think?  Have you read it yet?  Plan on reading?  Let us know if the comments below.

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