Don’t Just Do Something, Stand there!

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Meet Marvin Weisbord & Sandra Janoff, the authors of

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand there! Ten principles for leading meetings that matter

Reading this book, you will discover that it:

  • Presents often contrarian insights into how to design meetings that actually accomplish something
  • Filled with case examples and exercises
  • Draws on the authors’ decades of experience working with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies worldwide

This practical guide details ten key principles that will profoundly change the way you think about, organize, and lead the meetings that matter most. Rather than trying to change anyone’s behavior, Weisbord and Janoff show you how to change the conditions under which people interact. By doing less, you help others do more. With examples from around the world, and practical tips and exercises in every chapter, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! gives you many new techniques for helping people discover common ground, make productive use of dissension, and take responsibility for action.

On June 21, 2010, Susan Stamm interviewed Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff for Bookends Book Club, a service of The TEAM Approach.  In this interview, the three provide a helpful overview of the book and the issues it addresses.

Sandra Janoff, consultant and psychologist, works with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, communities and non-profits on whole systems transformation. She is codirector, along with Marvin Weisbord, of Future Search Network (formerly SearchNet) an international non-profit dedicated to community service, colleagueship and learning. For more information, please visit

Marvin Weisbord is a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and is the author of Organizational Diagnosis, Productive Workplaces, and Discovering Common Ground.

The TEAM Approach, sponsors of Bookends Book Club, is committed to helping individuals and organizations improve their effectiveness. Working with leaders as well as developing teams that work collaboratively. You may investigate the information, products and services provided by The TEAM Approach by visiting our web site. Contact us for more details on how we can help your organization.