50 Activities to Kickstart Your Meetings

Publication Date: 14 Aug. 2020
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9781119690894

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    Discover how to unleash the full potential of your meetings Inefficient meetings plague even the most well-run organizations.

    In 50 Activities to Kickstart Your Meetings, productivity and games expert Sivasailam Thiagarajan explains how to use fifty tried-and-true methods to get the most out of every meeting.

    This book teaches the strategy of employing games, activities, and simulations to facilitate extraordinary meeting productivity and creativity. It teaches meeting planners and organizers how to use games and simulations to enhance all types of meetings: Understand organizational opportunities and problems Generate alternative ideas Transform ideas into decisions Translate decisions into actions

    Written for managers and executives at all levels of governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organisations, 50 Activities to Kickstart Your Meetings transforms traditional meetings into engines of creativity and growth.

    Thiagarajan uses the extensive experience he has gained in consulting for companies like Google and JP Morgan to teach managers of all stripes how to supercharge their next meeting.

    Table of Contents

    1 Memorable Meetings 1 2 Wishes 5 3 Reduction 9 4 Whispers 13 5 Boring and Useless 15 6 Optimism 19 7 The Worst Fear 23 8 Cancel This Meeting 27 9 Dysfunctional Meetings 31 10 Worries 35 11 Ground Rules 39 12 Walk the Talk 51 13 Guaranteed Results 55 14 Explain and Apply 59 15 Arrangement 63 16 Application Examples 69 17 Popular and Unique 73 18 Bias Buster 77 19 Rotating Perspectives 81 20 Number Series 85 21 $20 Auction 89 22 A Sentence About Me 93 23 Remember the Rules 97 24 Combined Tasks 103 25 Seven Sentences 107 26 Trick Questions 111 27 Subjective or Objective 115 28 Unlearn 119 29 Disrupt 123 30 Disruptive Behaviors 127 31 Roles 133 32 Effective Meeting Participant 137 33 Paper Balls 141 34 Nametags 145 35 Finding Partners 149 36 First Touch 153 37 Back to Back 157 38 Co-Creation 161 39 Discuss 165 40 Secret Mentors 169 41 Creativity Collaboration 173 42 Working the Room 177 43 Inclusion 181 44 Who Wrote That? 185 45 Meeting Types 189 46 Agenda Items 193 47 Sarcastic Definitions 197 48 A Historic Meeting 201 49 Behind the Back 207 50 The End 211 Acknowledgments 215 About the Author 217 Index 219

    About the Author

    DR. SIVASAILAM "THIAGI" THIAGARAJAN is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, where he specializes in effective and enjoyable performance improvement. Thiagi's clients have included leading organizations like AT&T, Chevron, and Intel. He is internationally recognized as an expert in multinational collaboration and active learning in organizations.