Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! : Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter, Paperback

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! : Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter Paperback

Illustrated by Jack MacNeish

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Most people think meetings are all too often a waste of time. But Weisbrod and Janoff say that's only because of the way most meetings are run. In this book they offer ten principles that will allow you to get more done in meetings by doing less. The key is knowing what you can and can't control. You can't controol people's motives, behavior, or attitudes. That's one area where most meeting leaders' attempts to "do something" actually end up doing nothing at all. But you can control the conditions under which people interact, and you can control your own reactions. Based on over 30 years of experience and extensive research, the authors show exactly how to establish a meeting structure that will create conditions for success, efficiency, and productivity. And, equally important, they offer advice for making sure your own emotions don't get in the way; for knowing when to "just stand there" rather than intervene inappropriately, unproductively, or futilely.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 194 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Management & management techniques
  • ISBN: 9781576754252



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I loved Weisbord and Janoff's book "Future Search", but I found this one a bit derivative. I think that if I'd encountered this book first, it wouldn't have been so striking, but regardless, this book takes many of the same insights from Future Search and presents them in a truncated fashion. My rating, then, is largely based on this fact. For anyone looking for a book that outlines some amazing principles for designing meetings, however, you could do a lot worse. They take ideas of systems thinking and apply them to structuring meetings.Weisbord and Janoff also do a good job in emphasizing the structural aspects of designing meetings. Rather than get caught up in the emotional dramas that typically ensue from meetings, work on making the environment one where things can actually happen. Look for common ground, avoid projecting your emotions on the group, look past others' emotional projections on to you or the meeting in general. For a brilliant exposition, look at Future Search, but if you're not looking for the complete package but rather a quick primer on meetings, "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!" works well.

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