Meetings are productive only when they produce meaningful change – in ideas, in behaviors, in decisions, in future plans. In the knowledge-based economy those changes emerge from engaged individuals and only become real in cohesive teams. Effective leaders today orchestrate conversations that produce consensus, commitment, and meaningful action.
This new book shows you both why collaboration and conversation are at the heart of the future, and how to build and lead a collaborative conversational culture.
Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age begins with a call for rethinking leadership in this richly connected, technology-dependent world we have built. Effective leaders today know that the economy has moved from mass production to mass collaboration, and that collaboration requires a mindset that values connections over control, embraces differing perspectives, and seeks to blend the experiences and insights of all meeting participants.
The book introduces the P4+ model for designing and leading meetings: Purpose, Participants, Process, and Place (plus Preparation).
It also addresses the explosion in distributed teams and distributed meetings, laying out a simple set of leadership “rules” for ensuring that your mobile workforce is connected not just by technology but by common purposes and strong relationships as well.