The book is based on the fact that we sat through countless hours of unproductive, unplanned, unstandardized, and over-attended meetings that drove ambiguous outcomes while consuming a lot of our ‘real work’ time. We saw action items, decisions and ideas spark to life only to flounder from a lack of meeting follow-up and accountability. And we naively accepted the status quo of meeting performance believing “that’s just the way it is.”
However, as we grew in our careers as leaders and project management professionals, we realized the need to change the status quo of our own meetings. As you probably know, running great business meetings is the cornerstone of any project manager’s success. We witnessed our share of failed projects and we knew if we did not change our approach our projects would follow the common path of failure (i.e. over budget, behind schedule, missed objectives).
We started by developing a meeting process that we could use ourselves. We were focused on bringing the highest level of clarity, accountability and effectiveness to our own meetings. We did extensive research, modeled the best meeting leaders, and continued to improve our process through trial and error. We extensively studied what works (and what doesn’t) and we applied these principles first hand to deliver results in conference and board rooms just like yours. We received recognition and promotions largely in part to our ability to run great business meetings.
After decades of experience managing literally thousands of meetings we decided it was time to share the system that revolutionized our business lives. We packaged our meeting process into powerfully simple process that is contained in this book, ultimately helping organizations conduct fewer, faster, focused meetings.