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The Surprising Science of Meetings


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PrefaceSECTION I: Setting the Meeting StageChapter 01: So Many Meetings and So Much FrustrationChapter 02: Get Rid of Meetings? No, Solve Meetings Through ScienceSECTION II: Evidence-Based Strategies for LeadersChapter 03: The Image in the Mirror is Likely WrongChapter 04: Meet for 48 MinutesChapter 05: Agendas Are a Hollow CrutchChapter 06: The Bigger, The BadderChapter 07: Don't Get Too Comfortable in That ChairChapter 08: Deflate Negative Energy From the StartChapter 09: No More Talking!Chapter 10: The Folly of the Remote Call-in MeetingChapter 11: Putting it All TogetherEpilogue: Trying to Get Ahead of the Science--Using ScienceTool: Meeting Quality Self-AssessmentTool: Sample Engagement Survey and 360 Feedback Questions on MeetingsTool: Good Meeting Facilitation ChecklistTool: Huddle Implementation ChecklistTool: Agenda TemplateTool: Guide to Taking Good Meeting Minutes/NotesTool: Expectations AssessmentAcknowledgmentsReferencesIndex

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Steven G. Rogelberg is Chancellor's Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. He has well over 100 publications and recently won the highly prestigious Humboldt Award for his research on meeting science. His work has been profiled in the Harvard Business Review, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Guardian, National Geographic, and Scientific American Mind, among others. In addition to his research and teaching, he consults for small and large organizations, including IBM, TIAA, Procter & Gamble, VF Corporation, Family Dollar, Siemens, and others. Dr. Rogelberg founded and currently directs large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organization health and effectiveness with over 500 nonprofits served.


"In workplaces around the world, meetings are where productivity and creativity go to die. Steven Rogelberg is the world's leading expert on how to fix them, and here he shares the best evidence on how we can stop wasting time and falling victim to groupthink." -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg"To achieve bigger impact in your work tomorrow, you can start by making simple changes today. By highlighting the ways that we waste our own and others' time without even thinking about it, and offering solutions for transforming our workdays, Steven Rogelberg shows you how. A game-changer for leaders, this book is unlike any other written about meetings. It is intriguing, highly informative, insightful, and fun to read." -- Tasha Eurich, New York Times bestselling author of Insight and Bankable Leadership"Finally! Evidence-based, actionable advice about improving the quality and impact of meetings. Rogelberg has written a tour de force. If you put his sage advice into action, your teams and organizations will accomplish more." -- David G. Altman, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Creative Leadership"Steven Rogelberg has done the nearly impossible: translated solid organization science into a well-organized, readable, and often humorous book filled with evidence-based actionable steps that individuals, managers and leaders alike can apply to improve their own lives, their meetings, and ultimately the effectiveness of their organizations." -- Alexis Fink, Senior Director of Talent Management, Intel"This book is a must read for anyone who wants to be more effective at work, especially leaders and managers. It offers practical advice on how to harness the power of meetings while avoiding many common pitfalls. I learned some very useful tactics that I will put into practice immediately." -- Janine Waclawski, SVP of Human Resources and CHRO, Global Functions and Global Category Groups, PepsiCo"Non-stop meetings can often be the bane of any corporate employee's existence. Steven Rogelberg's evidence-based book offers practical tips for turning these "necessary evils" into efficient and productive interactions that engage the hearts and minds of leaders, teams, and organizations. This book is a great resource." -- Robin Cohen, Head of Human Resources, Global Finance, Johnson & Johnson

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