from Dick and Emily Axelrod

In as little as five minutes, get answers to your most vexing meeting problems. Take this course by yourself—or better yet take it with your team—and walk away with new ways to create, participate, and lead productive meetings.


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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.





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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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It’s Not Fair

A joint post by Dick and Emily Axelrod Have you ever had this experience? A red-faced, foot-stomping child yells at the top of their voice, “That’s not fair!” “Life isn’t fair,” you respond, “Get over it.” It doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative. You can say, “Life isn’t fair, but I can […]

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

Emily Axelrod contributed to the ongoing conversation over at Switch & Shift with this guest post. “We need to cut 30 million dollars from operating expenses.” What is your reaction to this purpose statement? Do you want to join the effort or sit on the sidelines? If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. […]

Quiet Influence

Tips for Introverts in Meetings – Guest Post by Jennifer Kahnweiler

Have you ever been told by your boss that you need to speak up more at meetings? Have you been frustrated that a few people seem to dominate every conference call? If you are an introvert, meetings are places where you can influence change AND be recognized for your value. I have learned a great […]

Engaging Millennials: 5 Core Engagement Factors Your Meetings Must Have

Millennials are continuous learners, team players, collaborators, achievement-oriented, socially conscious, and highly educated. Like many of us, they hate to have their time wasted in meetings that become soul-sucking chores. The experience of a meeting has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond those in attendance. If the outcome is enthusiasm, that enthusiasm spreads. If […]


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We transform business interactions into collaborative, human experiences. We do this by working with individuals, teams, organizations, and systems to improve performance. Our work with you is a cooperative effort that blends your understanding of your situation and our experience. Taken individually or collectively, we provide you with a menu of options for transforming your organization.