PM PUBLISHING NEWS
3 January 2013 – AMACOM in the United States published in late 2012 a new book offering a new look at an old subject – dealing with time and productivity lost in meetings. No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work, by Martin Murphy, takes on a topic that has been around for decades, offering some new perspective and suggestions aimed at today’s teams and work environment.
According to AMACOM: Wasting time in pointless meetings….It’s the bane of work life—and the one thing that never seems to change. But meetings can be highly effective, says Martin Murphy, who has helped a “Who’s Who” of corporate clients transform time-sapping meetings into “breakthrough sessions” that are truly productive.
His strategy is not simply to speed them up or make them more palatable with flashier facilitation. Rather, the key is to upend the entire concept of meetings. That means throwing out traditional protocols and using one of four new collaboration models to get more done, faster than ever before. These sessions address:
- Issues management: identify, rank, and resolve issues—promoting critical concerns to Action Plan status
- Problem solving: thirty-minute sessions for solving complex problems
- Innovation: discover the billion-dollar idea that lurks in every organization
- Strategic planning: stripped-down protocols for the kind of ongoing, real time planning required in today’s fast-paced economy
In an era when innovation and speed-to-market rule, No More Pointless Meetings leverages the creativity and knowledge of an organization’s people—a potent resource that conventional meetings ignore.
Martin Murphy is founder and president of Quantum Meetings, a meeting consultancy whose client list includes Coca-Cola, Pepsi, IBM, Pillsbury, Lever Brothers, and Bristol Myers Squibb.
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No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work; by Martin Murphy; published by AMACOM in October 2012; Your Price: $17.95; 240 pages, soft cover; ISBN: 9780814431689; information at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814431689