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Available August 4, 2014

Think meetings kill productivity? This book invites you to think again by introducing a new way to meet that brings people together for productive cross-functional and cross-generational collaboration. The authors, leading consultants Dick and Emily Axelrod, have field-tested this approach for thirty years, and they offer a flexible, repeatable process that's helped get real work done in thousands of meetings across all sorts of organizations. Its many users will never go back. Neither will you.



In connection with the launch of Let's Stop Meeting Like This, The Axelrod Group will be donating a portion of book royalties to support The Dreamcatcher Foundation, an organization that helps rescue sex trafficked girls. Sex trafficking is a 3 billion-dollar business and the average age of victims is 11.

Our hope is to help these women and children as much as possible. Your purchase of Let's Stop Meeting Like This will make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.


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Richard Axelrod, MBA


Raised in Chicago, Dick teaches Crisis Leadership in the University of Chicago’s Masters in Threat and Response Management Program. Dick authored the award-winning Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, and co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done, which the New York Times called “the best of the current crop of books on this subject.” Dick is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Chicago. He remains a long suffering Chicago Cubs fan, which explains his optimistic spirit.

Emily Axelrod, MSW, MAT


Emily believes in stretching organizations so they can unleash their creativity and knowledge. Emily uses visioning, work redesign, team development, and good old common sense to build sustainable, fun, and collaborative enterprises. Emily co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone, which the New York Times called, “The best of the current crop of books on this subject.” She is a contributing author to The Change Handbook, The Flawless Consulting Field Book, Future Search in School District Change, and numerous articles. She serves on the board of the Organization Design Forum. Emily brings her southern spirit and wit to everything she does.



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