Title: Mote: The Super Meeting
Author: David Wethey
Page Count/Review Word Count: 272
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Mote is something of a paradox, because whilst I do agree with the problem that the author highlights, and whilst to some extent I did agree with the principles that he wrote about, I still don’t feel as though the techniques that Wethey talked about will be particularly useful in my day-to-day life. That said, I suppose I have had a dearth of meetings lately, and particularly the dynamic ones that he talks abut and which the Mote principle is most useful for.
That said, I often feel with books like these that some people will find them more useful than others, and it’s true that it’s reasonably well-written and well thought out. My main criticism would be that too much of the book felt like a set of notes, which made it difficult to get into reading it. It felt kind of jumpy, and also as though it could have been a lot shorter and still had the same impact.
Overall, though, I think this is a good book to read if you’re an executive who spends a lot of their time in meetings – if you’re like me though, and you don’t have the authority to implement change, then there are little things here and there that you can pick up to improve your own performance, but good luck trying to convince the rest of your company to take up the Mote mentality.