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Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! by Marvin R. Weisbord, Sandra Janoff

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Introduction:Making Every Meeting Matter

I want to see progress . . . or it is a waste of time. But thatisn’t the meeting’s fault. That is the fault of the person callingand leading the meeting.

—DARIN HAMER, IT professional, Topeka, Kansas (2006)

Our purpose in writing this book is to help you become more effective in the world through the meetings you lead. You will have a chance to master a few simple practices to enhance whatever works for you now. You will learn to recognize procedures that no longer get results. Above all, you will come face to face with the assumptions you make about meetings. If you are going through the motions anyway, why perpetuate cynicism when you can succeed every time?

If you adopt our principles, you will become ...

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